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New EU platform helps users report child porn

Commissioner urges countries to back initiative

The European Commission has pledged €300,000 to create a pan-European alert platform where people can report internet child porn material on websites.

Under a plan originally devised by the French government, which currently holds the European Union's six-month rotating presidency, the alert platform will be set up and run by Europol - the EU law enforcement agency.

The aim is for the platform to help investigators of online crime in EU countries share information about all cybercrime, but child porn in particular. Child pornography accounts for over half of all offences committed online, the Commission said. The Commission is the EU's executive and regulatory-oversight arm.

"The fight against child sexual abuse material on the internet is an absolute priority for me and the Commission" said the Commissioner for freedom, security and justice, Jacques Barrot.

In addition to paying for the creation of the platform, the Commission said it will also make available funding for those countries in the EU that will have to adapt their national reporting systems so they interoperate with the Europol platform, and for countries that don't have any such systems.

Barrot said the alert platform would only be useful if authorities in the 27 member states use it. "In order for the platform to be fully effective, the member states have to use it during their investigations," he said.


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