2/27/2013

NetClean joins Virtual Global Taskforce alongside Homeland Security and Interpol

International alliance of law enforcement and private companies tackles online child sexual exploitation

27 February 2013 -Child sexual abuse material is being shared online at an alarming rate. The need for global cooperation between the private, public and law enforcement sectors is critical to stop the problem. Today, NetClean is pleased to announce that it has joined the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), working alongside the likes of CEOP, INTERPOL and Homeland Security Investigations.

The VGT is an international alliance of law enforcement, academic and industry organisations such as Interpol, CEOP and the International and National centres for missing and exploited children. The alliance is dedicated to combating online child sexual abuse. As part of the task force, NetClean will be able to share its technical expertise and resources on a global level,
to assist police forces to solve this growing problem.

Christian Berg, CEO at NetClean commented on the announcement “Due to the borderless nature of online crime, law enforcement need to work quickly and collaboratively to combat the threat to children and disrupt criminal organisations. It is difficult for them to solve this problem on their own. With the help of groups like the VGT we can bring together specific areas of expertise from around the world to help fight the spread of Child Sexual Abuse material."

VGT Chair Ian Quinn, head of the Cyber Crimes Center for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) supported the need for cooperation  "our private sector partners play an important role in the mission of the VGT by sharing their knowledge and resources in our unified agenda. By joining the VGT as industry
partners, these organisations demonstrate their commitment to helping reduce
the threat to children everywhere.”  

About the VGT
The other VGT private partners are: End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and
Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes network (ECPAT International), International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE), the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), PayPal, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, World Vision Australia, Research In Motion, and The Code.

The nine VGT law enforcement member agencies are: HSI; the Australian Federal Police;
the United Kingdom’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre; the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, a division of the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, Royal Canadian Mounted Police; the Italian Postal and Communication Police Service; New Zealand Police; INTERPOL; Europol; and the Ministry of Interior for the United Arab Emirates.

For more information on the VGT, visit http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/

Read our full press release here