The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is an independent, not for profit organisation organisation that works with the internet industry to make the internet safer by removing images of child sexual abuse. It was founded in 1996 to provide an internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report potentially criminal online content within our remit and to be the 'notice and takedown' body for this content. Once informed, the host or internet service provider (ISP) is duty-bound under the E-Commerce Regulations (Liability of intermediary service providers) to quickly remove or disable access to the potentially criminal content.
The IWF work internationally to make the internet safer by removing images of child sexual abuse. The IWF is recognised as a national and international model of self-regulation and are committed to sharing good practice with relevant agencies, authorities and governments around the world. A founder member of INHOPE, an association of Hotlines around the world that make a significant contribution to the Protection of Children on the Internet.
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