Feeds

Police launch site to tackle net pervs

Kids can fight back

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

An international police taskforce has launched a website where children can report possible online paedophile activity. The site's logo will appear on AOL BT, Vodafone and Microsoft websites, providing a hotlink to the home page of Virtual Global Taskforce.

The taskforce logo

Virtual Global Taskforce aims to make the internet a safer place for children and a more hostile place for paedophiles. It is the result of international collaboration between the National Crime Squad and its counterparts in Canada, the US and Australia.

Children who are worried that they might be chatting online with a paedophile, or that they are being tricked into a meeting, can use the site to learn how to get the person's IP address and user name.

They can also use the site to record the details of any conversations with the suspected paedophile, which can be used as evidence if authorities decide to prosecute. The information can also be used to warn offenders.

The site contains links to other sources of information on online abuse, and child safety agencies.

Jim Gamble, deputy director general of the National Crime Squad, said that clicking on the logo was like walking through the police station door. He is quoted in The Daily Mail as saying:

"If you are a child online, and you are approached by someone in a chatroom, you now have access to law enforcement. It is a reminder that the internet is no longer anonymous. For potential offenders, this is the equivalent of a speed camera, telling them to slow down, and think again."

But what is to stop someon making malicious allegations against a person who is entirely innocent?

"We are aware that it could be abused, but then anyone can walk into a police station and make allegations," said a spokeswoman for the NCS. "We have very thorough checking procedures. We look at what is given, how it is collated. Nothing is acted upon until it is investigated by the proper authorities, until the police are involved."

The taskforce explained that the ultimate goal is to have a 24 hour online presence so that any child online who felt threatened will have someone to talk to. The police also outlined proposals to seize the credit cards of anyone found to be using one to access child pornography online.

The contact section of the site is yet to go live but the NCS says it expects it to be up and running in the next couple of days.®


Related stories

IT industry urged to fight online child abuse
Web paedophile jailed for four years
Brit cuffed in US net sex investigation
UK gov ads warn kids of net perils

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.