Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Status They are an independent, self-regulatory organisation. They were set up in 1996 by the internet industry to provide an internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report potentially criminal online content within their remit and to be the 'notice and takedown' body for this content. Their Code of Practice details their role in these takedown procedures. 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. Values Being open and honest: Acting with integrity and professionalism at all times; Ensuring that all their communications and actions are timely, consistent, transparent and accountable; Treating victims of child sexual abuse with total respect. Being excellent: Striving to be a renowned world leader in the field; Setting the international standard for best practice; Using the latest technology to remove child sexual abuse material and making the internet a safer place by: Protecting children who are the victims of sexual abuse from repeat victimisation and public identification; Preventing internet users from accidentally stumbling across child sexual abuse material; Disrupting the availability of child sexual abuse material. Being team players: Acknowledge the importance of our partners and acting collaboratively at all times; Recognising, rewarding and celebrating their success and achievements. Creating a caring and safe internal environment: Welcoming and respecting individual contributions; Providing a supportive environment; Encouraging constant learning and personal development.
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Company Offices

  • United Kingdom (headquarters)
  • Cambridge
  • Discovery House Vision Park Chivers Way Histon