Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Bill Minutes of Evidence


Annex A

STATUS OF OTHER INTERNET HOTLINES WORLDWIDE

Australia

  Australia's hotline is operated by the Australian Broadcasting Authority, the regulatory agency responsible for broadcasting and online content matters. Consequently it was set up by statute and is publicly funded.

Austria

  The Austrian Internet Service Providers Association founded the Austrian hotline. It is funded by the industry but the Department of the Interior is represented on the Advisory Board.

Denmark

  This hotline is operated by the Danish Save the Children organisation, Red Barnet.

France

  The French Internet Services Providers Association, the AFA, set up the French hotline.

Germany

  There are three hotlines in Germany:

    —  FSM is an association of members basically from the content industry such as publishers and content providers.

    —  ECO is the German Internet Service Providers Association.

    —  Jugendschutz.net is an organisation established by the federal states.

  The first two are private, while the third is public. The leading ministry for the jugendschutz.net is the Ministry of Education, Women and Youth of Rheinland-Pfalz.

Iceland

  Save the Children Iceland runs the Icelandic hotline.

Ireland

  Funding for the Irish hotline comes mainly from the Internet Service Providers Association in Ireland, but the Advisory Board includes representatives of the Government and police.

The Netherlands

  The Internet Service Providers Association of the Netherlands set up the Dutch hotline. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

Spain

  The Spanish hotline is run with the support of a local child protection organisation.

Sweden

  Save the Children Sweden runs the Swedish hotline with some financial support from the Swedish Government.

United States

  The American hotline is run by the National Center for Missing and exploited Children which is a private organisation but mandated by Congress and operating with the close support of Federal Government agencies.

  Note: For all hotlines except the USA and Australia, the hotline is partly funded by the EU under the Safer Internet Action Plan.


 
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