Dutch ICT companies agree to remove child pornography within 24 hours




Hosting companies and other ICT companies are going to remove child pornography within 24 hours after reporting their servers, as they promised on Thursday. Companies that do not cooperate adequately risk penalties and downsizing systems.

Notice takedown The agreement is part of self-regulation by the umbrella organizations of hosting companies and of digital infrastructure, telecom companies and internet companies. They have extended their Notice-andTake-Down Code of Conduct with the promise to remove child pornography within 24 hours after a report about this. Companies must sign the code of conduct for membership with the associations and then have a special logo.

To check whether there is child pornography, the ICT companies can turn to a database containing hashes of image files, which is made available by the police and the Expertise Office Online Child Abuse. This means that the associated illegal images do not have to be made visible. At the start of 2019, the police and the EOKM will conduct tests with the database. If they are successful, the availability to the ICT sector follows.

The stricter self-regulation was a wish of Minister Grapperhaus who wants to ban child pornography from the Internet faster and more effectively. He will brief the House of Representatives with a letter about the public-private actions against the tackling of child pornography online. Using TU Delft technology, it can be monitored how long it takes after a report for files to be deleted. Companies that do not respond in time to reports or otherwise do not cooperate adequately, can be dealt with with administrative coercion, fines and the laying down of servers.


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