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iomart congratulates the Internet Watch Foundation on its 15th anniversary

26th October 2011 · Press Releases

iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM), including its divisions iomart Hosting and iomartcloud, congratulates the Internet Watch Foundation on 15 years of success in tackling online child sexual abuse content.

Today (October 26, 2011) is the IWF’s 15th anniversary and the organisation is marking it with an annual awareness day.

iomart is a founding member of the IWF, having developed Netintelligence as one of the first software products to block and filter inappropriate content online. Earlier this year Netintelligence became the first such product to be awarded the BSI PAS74 Kitemark for child online safety. Netintelligence has recently been developed to work across iPads and iPhones.

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said: “iomart is proud to be a founding member and long-standing supporter of the IWF. The work that the IWF does is absolutely invaluable in helping us to keep our customers protected from this terrible content on the internet. We wish it continuing success in this important work.”

Netintelligence voluntarily deploys the IWF’s URL list of child sexual abuse content as part of the work it does to help protect iomart’s customers from stumbling across such content online.

As a result of the IWF’s work with the online industry, including iomart, the volume of UK-hosted child sexual abuse content has reduced from 18% in 1997 to less than 1% since 2003 and the IWF has kept it that way. Child sexual abuse webpages in the UK are rapidly removed thanks to the responsible actions of the online industry with whom the IWF works.

Since it was launched on 1 December 1996, the IWF has assessed almost 370,000 webpages. IWF Chief Executive Susie Hargreaves said: “To assess more than 370,000 webpages is incredible and the IWF is proud to have played its part nationally and internationally to remove images of child sexual abuse.

“Although we’ve had tremendous success domestically, child sexual abuse content on the internet is a problem the IWF and the industry are eager to tackle wherever it is hosted. With the industry and partners’ support we’ve been able to remove 87,000 webpages containing some of the worst content depicting the rape and sexual torture of young children and babies.

“Preventing the re-victimisation of those children and protecting the public from stumbling across this horrific content is our priority.

“Through working with the online industry and our partners we’ve been able to grow and adapt in order to meet this challenge and we will continue to adapt to tackle this global problem.”

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