INHOPE #reportit – Where your reports go

When you report something to a hotline in your country you may wonder what impact this has. In the majority of cases, the INHOPE member hotlines work both indirectly and directly with law enforcement officials and internet service providers. This means that when you report content you believe to contain child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to your local hotline, this information will be passed to the police who do have the power to investigate the crime that is being committed. In some instances, the hotline can even report the content to the internet service provider and have the content removed directly from the internet.

At an organisational level, INHOPE is part of the AviaTor project, aiming to develop automation and intelligence tools to greatly reduce the time spent by law enforcement agencies to assess and prioritise these reports.

INHOPE believes it is essential for hotlines to be able to work with law enforcement agencies, both on the local level and internationally, which is where INTERPOL comes in. As one of INHOPE's partners, INTERPOL's role is to enable police around the world to work together. With their high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support, they help meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century. INHOPE's tool ICCAM - used by its global network of hotlines - follows INTERPOL's international legislation ((as well as national laws) when it comes to the global classification of images and videos.

ICCAM enables the secure exchange of illegal material portraying child sexual abuse between hotlines located in different jurisdictions, with the aim of quick removal from the internet. There are many elements and organisations involved in the removal of CSAM from the internet, using the process of "Notice and Takedown" - please view the INHOPE 2018 Annual Report to see the full process.

The network's members help law enforcement save time by ensuring only relevant reports are referred to national and international law enforcement, so that efforts can be concentrated on investigating confirmed cases of CSAM and working to identify and rescue victims.

From Monday, 9 March to Tuesday, 14 April 2020, INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, is running a #reportit campaign across social media to promote the importance of reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) when encountered online. For more information, visit inhope.org, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Additionally, to learn more about the work of INHOPE hotlines, visit betterinternetforkids.eu.


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