Organisation of self-regulation
- Internet Watch Foundation
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
- Type of organisation:
- Incorporated charity
- Geographical scope:
- Content-related scope:
- Related areas:
- youth protection
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is an organisation in the UK operating an internet ‘Hotline’ for the public and IT professionals to report unwanted exposure to potentially illegal content online.
The aim is to minimise the availability of potentially illegal internet content, specifically:
- child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world
- criminally obscene content hosted in the UK
- incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK
The Internet Watch Foundation is a self-regulatory body, funded by the EU and the online industry. This includes Internet service providers (ISPs), mobile operators and manufacturers, content service providers, telecommunications and filtering companies, search providers and the financial sector as well as blue-chip and other organisations who support the IWF for corporate social responsibility reasons.
Through the 'Hotline' reporting system, IWF helps ISPs to combat abuse of their services through a ‘notice and take-down’ service by alerting them to any potentially illegal content within our remit on their systems and simultaneously inviting the police to investigate the publisher. In partnership with many organisations they endeavour to raise awareness of the role and purpose of the IWF and aim to encourage trust and reassurance in the Internet for current and future users.
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Available on the website since April 24, 2008