Minister Grapperhaus blames two hosting companies for child pornography

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The hosting companies NFOrce and IP Volume are not doing enough to combat child pornography, Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) reports on Thursday in a brief to the House of Representatives.

‘IP Volume does not seem to participate in the approach’

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Justice and Security wrote to seventeen hosting companies to point out sexually explicit images of children on their servers. The companies were given until September to take measures.

Hosting companies must, for example, remove child pornographic material within 24 hours after reporting it and take reports from the Meldpunt Kinderporno seriously.

NFOrce and IP Volume have not done enough to implement these measures, Grapperhaus writes. Therefore, the names of the two companies are now being published.

More than 93 percent of all reports of child pornography in the Netherlands appear to come from servers of NFOrce, according to a report that the ministry had drawn up by TU Delft. “Although the company deals with a large part of its reports within 24 hours, the numbers are still too high,” says Grapperhaus.

The minister wonders whether IP Volume “takes part in tackling online child sexual abuse at all”. The company would even use technical barriers against reports of child pornography. The Ministry of Justice and Security was therefore forced to pass on reports to the police, says Grapperhaus.

A spokesperson for the ministry says legislation is currently being worked on to make it easier to tackle child pornography “at administrative law level” and to enforce it harder against hosting companies.



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