Legal Information

The www.hotline.ie assesses the content of reports received using the best practise and guidelines established in conjunction with the Office for Internet Safety within The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Internet Service Providers, An Garda Síochána and the INHOPE Association.

If the material is hosted in the Irish jurisdiction and likely to be illegal under the 1998 Child Trafficking and Pornography Act then the report is forwarded to the relevant Irish Internet Service Provider to ensure the material is removed and to the An Garda Síochána for investigation if required. If the material is hosted overseas then the report is forwarded to the hotline in the country of origin.

Under this act, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly possess child pornography. It is also illegal to knowingly distribute, print, publish, import, export, manufacture or distribute child pornography.

The www.hotline.ie service encourages any person who accidentally discovers child pornography on the Internet to report this material to the www.hotline.ie service for evaluation.

The www.hotline.ie service strongly discourages any person from actively searching for illegal material on the Internet. Such activity might be illegal under the above act. It is important to note that it will not be considered a defence in any law enforcement investigation that the illegal material was reported to the www.hotline.ie service.

Useful Links:

Irish statute Book
Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998
www.irishstatutebook.ie/1998

Irish statute Book
Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act, 1989
www.irishstatutebook.ie/1989

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
The Department has responsibility to protect individual rights and freedoms consistent with the law and the common good.   
www.justice.ie

Europe Direct Hotline
The free public information service that provides answers to questions about safer use of the Internet and online technologies.
Contact FreePhone 00800 6789 1011
www.ec.europa.eu/europedirect

EuroISPA
EuroISPA is the pan-European association of the Internet services providers associations of the countries of the European Union
www.euroispa.org

Safer Internet Plus Programme
EU Programme promoting actions to develop a safer Internet environment within the EU
www.ec.europa.eu/saferinternet

ECPAT
ECPAT is a network of organisations and individuals working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
www.ecpat.net

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