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IWF welcomes new online safety rules but warns more still needs to be done to make sure children are safe online

IWF welcomes new online safety rules but warns more still needs to be done to make sure children are safe online

The Age Appropriate Design Code, which comes into effect today (September 2), sets out 15 standards that online services need to follow.

2 September 2021 Statement
IWF welcomes Apple’s 'promising' plans to scan devices for child sexual abuse material

IWF welcomes Apple’s 'promising' plans to scan devices for child sexual abuse material

' They have acknowledged that, while customers’ privacy must be respected and protected, it cannot be at the expense of children’s safety.'

6 August 2021 Statement
IWF 'increasingly concerned about impact of pornography on the lives of young children' as age verification measures not included in new Bill

IWF 'increasingly concerned about impact of pornography on the lives of young children' as age verification measures not included in new Bill

Last week, the UK Government published the draft draft Online Safety Bill which aims to “put an end to harmful practices online".

19 May 2021 Statement
IWF applauds tech companies' commitment to continue scanning for child sexual abuse material despite new EU ePrivacy rules

IWF applauds tech companies' commitment to continue scanning for child sexual abuse material despite new EU ePrivacy rules

“Anything which weakens protections for children is unacceptable. Christmas is supposed to be a time where we look out for the youngest and most vulnerable. It is not the time to give predators a free pass to share videos of abuse and rape"

21 December 2020 Statement
All IWF Hotline operations resume as new social distancing measures brought in

All IWF Hotline operations resume as new social distancing measures brought in

Throughout the lockdown period the IWF Hotline has remained operational, but social distancing measures meant some activities had to be scaled back

2 June 2020 Statement
COVID-19 coronavirus announcement

COVID-19 coronavirus announcement

The IWF continues to work as usual but, with many staff now working remotely, there may be delays in responding to emails and phone calls .

16 March 2020 Statement
Fault with Three’s network wrongly points to IWF

Fault with Three’s network wrongly points to IWF

A fault with Three’s network is incorrectly signposting some Three customers to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

26 February 2020 Statement
IWF welcomes Government bid to increase protection for children online

IWF welcomes Government bid to increase protection for children online

“Anything that helps make the internet a safer place for children and helps in the fight against online child sexual abuse material is a good thing".

12 February 2020 Statement
Pope says ‘urgent need to heal wounds’ of child sexual abuse as IWF calls for Church to take ‘moral lead’

Pope says ‘urgent need to heal wounds’ of child sexual abuse as IWF calls for Church to take ‘moral lead’

Pope Francis tells multi-faith conference “tragic experience” has taught the Catholic Church about the effects of child abuse

15 November 2019 Statement
IWF response to the announcements made by the UK’s Home Office on data sharing and encryption

IWF response to the announcements made by the UK’s Home Office on data sharing and encryption

Here’s IWF response to the announcements made by the UK’s Home Office, which can be found here:

4 October 2019 Statement
Fault with Virgin Media filtering system wrongly points to IWF

Fault with Virgin Media filtering system wrongly points to IWF

A fault with Virgin Media’s filtering system was incorrectly signposting Virgin’s customers to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

15 July 2019 Statement
IWF responds to Online Harms White Paper: Let’s do the right thing online for victims of child sexual abuse

IWF responds to Online Harms White Paper: Let’s do the right thing online for victims of child sexual abuse

The IWF, as part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, believes that this is an opportunity to demonstrate and to build on Britain’s already world-leading approach in tackling the spread of child sexual abuse images and videos online.

8 April 2019 Statement