ISPA has responded to the new online safety proposals announced by the Prime Minister today and on the weekend.

Secretary General Nicholas Lansman said after today's summit "ISPA believes that the UK internet industry has led the world in combating online child abuse images. We are proud founder members of the Internet Watch Foundation and the IWF model has been exported around the world as a great example of best practice.  However whilst blocking specific search terms may help prevent inadvertent access, those sharing and distributing this material are using other means to gain access to This type of illegal material, and we look forward to discussing this at our annual conference next week.

Lansman further added "alongside today’s welcome efforts from industry, Government should ensure that CEOP and law enforcement also get the necessary resources to tackle the removal of child abuse at source and bring the perpetrators to account."

There is a dedicated online safety and online morality panel at the ISPA Conference, on Tuesday 27 November. We will be looking at the issue of filtering , tackling illegal content and hate speech amongst other things. A  full agenda and tickets can be booked here.


Notes to the editor:

The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) was established in 1995 as the trade association for the UK internet industry. ISPA promotes competition, self-regulation and the development of the sector and is the voice of the internet industry to government, parliamentarians, the media and the public. For a list of members or other information about ISPA, please visit or see our twitter @ISPAUK.

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