The team at Hotline.ie works to reduce the prevalence of illegal content online, break the cycle of abuse and exploitation, and prevent repeat-victimisation of those who have suffered from abuse.
Key insights from the Report reveal:
- 29,794 publicly sourced reports, as many reports as the previous three years combined.
- 14,772 child sexual abuse material reports, that is 25% more material classified and removed by Hotline.ie than in the previous 21 years combined 1 in 4 reports found to contain images/videos which appeared to have been generated by children themselves.
- 94% successful cross-border removal of intimate image abuse also known as non-consensual sharing of intimate images or videos.
- 23 incidents of reported racism and xenophobia were successfully removed, with 58% of them relating to posts made through social media platforms
- 45 websites attempting to scam Irish residents removed.
Our work continues every day…
Hotline.ie works at the intersection of civil society, online service providers and law enforcement, for the protection of countless children within Ireland and abroad, by ensuring child sexual abuse material is swiftly removed at source, and the children in the imagery may be identified and safeguarded.
2020 Hotline.ie Annual Report reveals, among other findings:
- 1 in 4 public reports led to hundreds and thousands of online child sexual abuse material;
- 142% increase in child sexual abuse material which appeared to be self-generated images or videos;
- 1 in 2 child sexual abuse sources included video content, marking a 55% increase in child sexual abuse video content over 2019 figures of same;
Read the full 2020 Hotline.ie Annual Report here. Our work continues every day.
An analysis of facts, figures and trends in tackling illegal content online. In 2019, Hotline.ie identified more child sexual abuse material (CSAM) than ever before, with 1 in 4 of 10,773 public reports received classified as CSAM. This represents a marked increase of 79% in CSAM reports over the previous year (2018). The 2,575 URLs which displayed thousands of child sexual abuse images and videos appeared across 62 domains, traced to 32 countries worldwide.
To learn more about the intricacy, ripple effect and tangible difference one report to Hotline.ie could make, we invite you to read the Analyst testimonial on page 15.
You can access the digital version of Hotline.ie 2019 Annual Report by clicking on the link below:
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You can also learn about how we work with national and international partners, for the protection of countless children within Ireland and abroad, by listening to this Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1.
To mark the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November) Hotline.ie released its latest annual report. Our aim is to raise public awareness on the crucial importance of reporting suspect images and videos of children online. The cost of not knowing is immense.
By reading the 2018 Hotline.ie Annual Report you will learn about the importance of a coordinated national approach to combating child sexual abuse and exploitation online, underpinned by international cooperation. It is hard to overstate, the importance of the public's contribution. Our work at Hotline.ie would not be possible without the public's readiness and willingness to report suspected illegal content online. Each report does make a world of difference and the more reports Hotline.ie receives, the higher the chances of helping children both within Ireland and abroad.
You can access the digital version of the 2018 Annual Report by clicking on the link below:
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The Annual Report is an informative resource aiming to raise awareness and provide facts, figures and analysis of trends in respect to national efforts for combating Child Sexual Exploitation Online. Hotline.ie works in partnership with law enforcement, government, Internet Industry, and 44 other Hotlines across the globe coming together as INHOPE, to ensure that every reported and confirmed Child Sexual Abuse image/video is removed from the Internet irrespective of where in the world it may be hosted.
In 2017, we received and processed more reports than ever before and identified 44% more Child Sexual Abuse content than in 2016. Significantly, for the first time in eight years none of the Hotline.ie confirmed Child Sexual Abuse Imagery was traced to the Republic of Ireland.
To learn more, you can access the digital version of the 2017 Annual Report by clicking on the link below:
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The Annual Report provides an overview of Hotline.ie operations for the period 1st January to 31st December 2016. It is notable that in the period Hotline.ie received and processed an unprecedented number of reports, which marked an increase of 47% from the previous highest year on record . Hotline.ie is committed as ever to continue working in conjunction with European and international Hotline counterparts to ensure swift action against identified Child Sexual Abuse Imagery irrespective of where in the world it may be hosted.
Thank you to all our partners and INHOPE Member Hotlines around the world for making this work possible!
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ISPAI Hotline.ie Service - Annual Report analysing Illegal Content reported to the service in the period January to December 2015 was published today (28th June 2016) at a launch event addressed by David Stanton T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, which was held at the Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin.
The Hotline.ie Annual Report – an analysis of Online Illegal Content covering January to December 2014 - was launched by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., during a press event held in Dublin, at the Irish Architectural Archive, on the 14th May 2015.
The Hotline.ie Annual Report - which analyses reports of illegal content made to service during 2013, was launched by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., at an address given by her at the ISPAI Hotline.ie meeting "Zero Tolerance to Child Sexual Abuse Material Online" held in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin.
Overview of Statistics and Trends from Hotline.ie Annual Report; Paul Durrant, CEO, ISPAI.
The Global Fight Against Online ChildSexual Abuse in Perspective; Russell Chadwick, Executive Director, INHOPE.
Parental Attitudes to Children's Online Use - Survey Results; Oisin Byrne, Managing Director, iReach Insights.
The Hotline.ie Annual Report - Analysis 2012 is available now.
The Hotline.ie Annual Report - Analysis 2012 Summary is be available now.
This report gives an overview of complaints received by the Hotline during 2011 and the results of the investigations carried out by the Hotline Analysts. It provides an insight into the illegal content being uncovered and the apparent location of this material. This year's report provides results of a nationwide survey of adults' attitudes to the Internet in relation to illegal and harmful content. Also, the report highlights that in 2011 Ireland returned to its clean record with no instance of illegal content reported to the Hotline being hosted in Ireland.There were 92 unique instances of illegal content traced to other jurisdictions and forwarded to authorities in those countries for action.
This is a summary sheet of Hotline findings which was available at the event held on 16 July 2012 to mark the ISPAI publication of the report. The guest address was given by Roisin Shortall T.D., Minister for Primary Care at the Department of Health who launched the report.
Every year since 2005, ISPAI has published the Hotline.ie Report annually. This summarises the activities of the Hotline.ie service during the previous year. The latest report provides an overview of the complaints received by the Hotline during 2010, especially those that refer to child sexual abuse material and the results of the Hotline's processing of these complaints. The report discusses observations in relation to the illegal material reported to the Hotline, with details provided on the likelihood of Irish Internet users encountering illegal material during their normal Internet usage. Also, the report highlights the ever-increasing challenge which evolving technologies pose to the fight against child pornography.
The Annual Report 2010 of Hotline.ie provides an overview of the operations of the Hotline in the period 1st.> January to 31st. December 2009. It provides a statistical anaysis of complaints about illegal content on the Internet, especially child sexual abuse material, received from the public and the results of the Hotline's processing of these complaints. The report is published in interactive form on the Hotline.ie web-site and provides tables and graphs showing trends in comparison to previous years. Observations in relation to the material, its source location, removal from the Internet and the low frequency with which the ordinary user is likely to encounter such material when using the Internet are also given.
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This document is the summary handout provided to press and guests attending the ISPAI meeting at which the Hotline.ie Annual Report 2010 was launched by Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
This is the 6th Report of the Hotline.ie Service. Since 2005, ISPAI has published the Hotline Report on an annual basis as a web-based interactive publication. This Report summmarises the operations of the Hotline during 2008. It gives an overview of the complaints received by the Hotline about illegal content, primarily Child Pornography, from Irish users of the Internet. It provides statistical analysis of the findings and includes trends and observations in comparison to previous years.
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This document is the summary handout provided to press and guests attending the ISPAI meeting at which the Hotline.ie Annual Report was launched by Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
This is the 5th Report of the www.hotline.ie Service. It describes the operation and provides statistics of the complaints received about illegal content, primarily Child Pornography, encountered by Irish users of the Internet during 2007.
This is a summary handout provided to press at the launch of the 5th Report of the www.hotline.ie Service. It gives an overview on the statistics provided by the 5th Report.
This is a summary handout provided to press at the launch of the 4th. Report of the www.hotline.ie Service. It describes the operation and provides statistics of the complaints received about illegal content, primarily Child Pornography, encountered by Irish users of the Internet during 2006.
The full report is available online ›here
This is an Overview of the third report of the www.hotline service describes the operation of the complaints hotline in relation to Child Pornography and other illegal material on the Internet for the period 1st July 2003 to 31st Dec 2005. The full report is available online ›here
A summary and overview of statistics outlined in the second www.hotline.ie report.
This second report of the www.hotline service describes the operation of the complaints hotline in relation to Child Pornography and other illegal material on the Internet for the period 1st July 2001 to 30th June 2003.
A summary and statistics outlined in the first www.hotline.ie report.
This is the first report of the www.hotline service describing the operation of the complaints hotline in relation to Child Pornography on the Internet for the period 1st December 1999 to 30th June 2001.
First report from the Association of Internet Hotline Providers in Europe. The www.hotline.ie is a founding member and the Director of the www.hotline.ie was President of INHOPE when this report was published.
The Report of the Working Group on the Illegal and Harmful use of the Internet was published in July 1998. The report details the Group's findings.