Irish hotline ISPAI publishes its 2017 annual report

  • Hotlines
  • 15/10/2018
  • ISPAI, the Irish hotline

The Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) has released its 2017 annual report. The trends indicate an increase both in the quantity and severity of the reported materials.

The Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) annual report is a resource aiming to raise awareness and inform stakeholders, governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the media and the general public on national and international efforts undertaken to combat child sexual exploitation online.

The facts, figures and analysis of trends in the report detail:

  • how much suspected illegal content is being reported by the public;
  • how many reports are confirmed by content analysts as child sexual abuse imagery in accordance with the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 (amended by the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017);
  • where it is being hosted;
  • which internet services are most abused;
  • and the trends being monitored.

In 2017, received and processed more reports than ever before. The Irish Hotline identified 44 per cent more child sexual abuse images in 2017 than in 2016. Both images and videos reported had increased in their severity.

The annual report was launched in conjunction with the establishment of the National Advisory Council for Online Safety – one of the recommendations of the first Government Action Plan on Online Safety launched by the Prime Minister in July 2018.

The Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D., welcomed the publication of the 2017 annual report in a press release and thanked the ISPAI members for the service, while reinforcing total support from government in tackling child sexual abuse online.

For a summary of findings and trends for the year 2017, please read the ISPAI press release.

For additional information, please see the INHOPE website or the Irish hotline website.

Find out more about the work of the Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.


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