In the NetClean Report 2016, 91.8 per cent of police officers surveyed said that they feel better prepared to handle child sexual abuse investigations this year, compared to the previous year.
When asked the question ‘which methods are most commonly used to share and distribute child sexual abuse material?’ ninety per cent of the police officers who responded to the survey that formed the NetClean Report 2016, answered P2P/file sharing. File sharing was followed by darknet/TOR, social media, cloud based services and instant messaging.
The amount of material that law enforcement has to deal with continues to increase. Exactly how large the investigations and cases have become is difficult to say, but the NetClean Report 2016 included some examples. At the most extreme end, police officers reported that the largest cases are an astounding 100 TB, 100 million images and over 100,000 hours of video material.
Female offenders are rare, but they do exist. Nearly half of the respondents in the NetClean 2016 Report, 47.5 per cent, said that they worked on cases involving female offenders during 2015. However, the vast majority of the police officers reported that it only makes up a very small number of investigations.
When looking at Social Media, the increasing number of platforms have also led to an increase in child sexual abuse material being shared using these spaces.
There is a common misconception that the children in child sexual abuse material are primarily from Asia. However, our recent survey (NetClean Report 2016) show that the material that the police handle in their investigations primarily feature children from Europe and North America.
The first End Violence Against Children Summit sought to demonstrate leadership, build political will and increase knowledge on how to prevent, detect and treat violence against children – a global priority set out in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
New report highlights how important the fight against the dissemination of child sexual abuse material really is.
In this, my last blog for NetClean, I want to highlight the recent NetClean report (2016). It is a unique report involving 360 police officers from 26 countries who answered questions and shared insights into their work…
Last week I had the pleasure of taking part in a panel event at Copenhagen’s Sustainable Brands event to talk with industry peers about how companies can help interrupt and end the demand for commercial child sexual exploitation. This included discussions around both sex trafficking and child sexual abuse.
The rise of social media channels has normalised image sharing online. In fact, The NetClean Report suggests that more self-produced material of a sexual nature is being shared on social media networks than ever before. This week the NSPCC revealed findings that indicated 1,400 annual calls have been made to counsellors about sharing naked pictures and videos online.
Technical advances have unreservedly transformed our lives. Technology has changed the way we communicate, travel, learn and even find love. The internet alone has given rise to a worldwide community and a forum for the mass exchange of information. It’s a place people can turn to for inspiration, idea sharing and keeping in contact with friends, regardless of their location. In turn, we perceive it as a force for good, offering overwhelming opportunity for collaboration and education.
Every year, in the first week of July, the major political event – Almedalen Week – takes place in Sweden.
Anonymisation technologies continue to be a crucial challenge for police and digital investigators when it comes to identifying offenders who have produced and circulated child sexual abuse material.
Last week, the NSPCC released its annual ‘How safe are our children? 2016’ report. The report suggests that the Internet used in eight cases of child sex abuse every day. However, we feel that this latest number from the NSPCC is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the actual volume of child sexual abuse cases that have occurred online and go unreported to the police.
Often ‘insider threats’ are thought of as the typically unwitting evasion of security protocols by employees taking steps to improve productivity. This can be anything from storing private data using Dropbox or forwarding confidential details to a personal email account, without any thought for data security.
The public, and in many cases even decision-makers in businesses and public authority organisations, are unaware of the extent of the problem of child sexual abuse material happening in our society and local communities. This view is backed by 8 in 10 police officers in our global survey.
While we are beginning to see more public awareness on the issues surrounding child sexual abuse, the case against offenders remains weak. Police forces and investigators around the world have voiced their opinions, saying that sentences for child sexual abuse crime are too lenient, and that the legal system is not efficient in stopping child sexual abuse crime
In my last blog we looked at the benefits of victim identification. Organisations like Project VIC, of which Griffeye is a founding partner, are working with police and forensic investigators, Europol and Interpol to analyse images and videos in order to track down individuals involved in child sexual abuse cases.