Business insight



For this part of the report, interviews were conducted with individuals who work in organisations that have identified the risks associated with child sexual abuse material being consumed, downloaded or distributed within the company network or on company devices.

Results from the business survey

Sixteen individuals working in five different areas; Sustainability, Ethics & Compliance, IT Security, Human Resources and Legal were interviewed. The sixteen businesses and organisations were from a wide range of different
industries, of different sizes, and from both the private and public sector. Companies that operate on an international market and on a one-country market were both represented. The majority have Swedish head quarters.

The insights and views from the interviews are presented as a merged point of view. The objective was not to present a statistical overview of what the respondents said, but instead give insight into the drivers behind preventing child sexual abuse material from being consumed in a corporate environment. Individuals, organisations and industries have been anonymised in the report.

Acting on a problem companies don’t know they have

In these interviews, none of the individuals who represented the companies had previously had the issue of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on work computers on the agenda. Nor was it a standard issue that they were expected to act on. This was only something that they had engaged with in their current employment or after coming into contact with NetClean.

“It is not something that we have ever had on the agenda before. It has not been part of any risk assessments, like bribery and corruption, and did not feature as an IT security issue either.”

A majority of the interviewed individuals had never come into contact with the issue before in a work-related context. Several mentioned that pornography usage is the closest they’ve come to the subject.

“I have come across heavy pornography users as a security officer, but not child sexual abuse material.”

“I had not come into contact with this before. What has been on the agenda is the use of pornography.”

Six of the interviewed individuals said that they have either been aware of or involved in working with incidents of child sexual abuse or CSAM in the work environment before. However, all those cases have been seen and treated as isolated incidents.

“I had heard about isolated incidents before, but they’ve always been seen as exceptions. Child sexual abuse material was not on our agenda before.”

“I had heard about it happening, but I had never been directly involved.”