Access blocking

Domains and URLs

All the internet sites on the “Worst of”-list are domains and not URLs (Uniform Resource Locator) or complete “internet addresses”. A URL is a more precise address than a domain name, as it defines the placement of an individual document or file on a domain.

The main reasons that domains have been chosen to be added to the list, rather than the absolute address, are the following.

  • Most domains containing child sexual abuse material are established and used exclusively for this purpose and do not have any legal content.
  • Blocking on domain level remains unaffected if the physical material is moved to other hosting companies, other countries or is deleted from its original location. Readdressing is dependent on the domain name and is unaffected by the relocation of the actual material.
  • Blocking on domain level is unaffected if the material is moved between individual pages and addresses on the same domain.
  • Domains containing images of children being sexually abused are as a whole considered illegal until the child sexual abuse material has been removed. The responsibility of the content stored, provided and distributed on the domain resides with the domain owner, regardless of who placed it there.
  • Blocking on domain level will also deny access to pages containing child sexual abuse material residing on the same domain or sub domain, unknown to the police or other entity.
  • Access blocking on domain level makes it possible to use secure, low level and cheap readdressing methods for the Internet access providers.

The INTERPOL General Secretariat will have an offline version of the domain, a trace of its exact location on the Internet when seized, a lookup on the alleged owner of the domain and information stating where on the domain the illegal material was found. Police authorities in any country can get access to this evidence material through police channels on request.

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14 June 2016

INTERPOL supports new Guidelines on child sexual exploitation and abuse terminology

30 March 2016

Internationally wanted paedophile behind bars thanks to swift police action by Cambodia and Belgium via INTERPOL

15 December 2015

Online child sex abuser forums targeted in INTERPOL-coordinated operation

18 November 2015

Rescuing online child sexual abuse victims spotlighted at INTERPOL meeting

16 November 2015

INTERPOL backs #WePROTECT summit call for model national response in combating child abuse

05 November 2015

INTERPOL General Assembly approves blueprint for Organization’s future

04 November 2015

Rwandan programme to tackle gender-based violence spotlighted at INTERPOL General Assembly

23 September 2015

INTERPOL and FBI to forge closer ties against terrorism and cybercrime

16 September 2015

INTERPOL brings together experts to share best practice in combating ‘sextortion’

25 June 2015

Official visit to INTERPOL by Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality

14 April 2015

Global efforts to identify child abuse victims via INTERPOL boosted with Microsoft technology

20 February 2015

Togo police arrest suspected child rapist accused of kidnapping two girls from Benin

11 December 2014

INTERPOL role in combating online child abuse recognized by #WeProtect Global Summit

10 December 2014

Stronger cooperation key to success in online child abuse investigations, says INTERPOL Chief

23 June 2014

INTERPOL officer recognized for efforts to protect children’s rights with international award

18 June 2014

Child abuse ring identified through international collaboration via INTERPOL

10 April 2014

Human trafficking an open wound on society, Pope Francis tells conference

09 April 2014

INTERPOL Chief tells human trafficking conference ‘we are allies in global fight to protect human life and dignity’

04 April 2014

Children rescued from trafficking and exploitation in Côte d’Ivoire operation supported by INTERPOL

INTERPOL's International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database

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