Press Releases

04/10/2018 79% Child Sexual Abuse Imagery found to feature children aged 0 to 12
Hotline.ie works in partnership with law enforcement, Government, Internet Industry and 44 other Hotlines across the globe [INHOPE] to ensure that every reported and confirmed Child Sexual Abuse image/video is removed from the Internet irrespective of where in the world it may be hosted. In 2017 Hotline.ie received and processed more reports than ever before and identified 44% more Child Sexual Abuse content than in 2016, with the images and videos found having increased in their severity.
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27/06/2016 70% Child Sexual Abuse Imagery, assessed by Hotline.ie in 2015, depicted boys
On 28th June 2016, Minister of State for Justice David Stanton launched the ISPAI Hotline.ie Annual Report covering January to December 2015 - during a press event hosted in Dublin, at the Irish Architectural Archive. The report highlights the vital contribution of ISPAI Hotline.ie, not only nationally but also internationally, to the fight against Online Child Sexual Abuse Imagery (CSAI). Aside from an analysis of the online illegal content reported for the period, it covers: trends and evolution of Online CSAI distribution over the past 15 years; evidence of...
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14/05/2015 148% more Child Sexual Abuse Material uncovered by the Irish Internet Hotline
ISPAI Hotline.ie Service Annual Report – an analysis of online illegal content reported from January to December 2014 - was launched by Minster for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, at a press event hosted in the Irish Architectural Archive. In 2014 there was a 97% increase on the previous seven year average of reporting leading to a 142% increase in Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) forwarded to ISPs and law enforcement for action.
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05/02/2015 ISPAI Hotline.ie marks 15 years of fighting Online Child Sexual Abuse Material
ISPAI Hotline.ie Service marks 15 years of full operation, fighting against the distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), universally agreed to be one of the most serious crimes on the Internet. Hotline.ie Analysts responding to public reports of suspected illegal content have first-hand experience of the shocking images paedophiles share on the Internet of children they have raped and abused.

You can view the infographics for this report here.
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03/07/2014 Social engagement - primary reason for Irish Adults to go Online daily
A recent ISPAI Hotline.ie Nationwide Public Survey shows that Irish adults’ predominant online daily behaviour revolves around online conversations: eMail usage (88%), followed by social networks related activities (63%) and news browsing (54%).
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24/06/2014 Adult Pornography no longer no. 1 concern of Irish parents regarding children’s use of the Internet
A recent Nationwide Survey commissioned by ISPAI Hotline.ie has found that Irish parents ranked “exposure to dangerous people” as their number one concern regarding children’s use of the Internet. 32% of parents gave it their top concern vote. Similar research conducted 13 years ago, in 2001, for the Government’s Internet Advisory Board, showed access to adult pornography as the top concern. Not only has adult pornography dropped to 2nd place but the percentage of parents giving it their 1st concern vote has dropped by over half - from 44% of parents in 2001 to just 20% in 2014.
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28/05/2014 Hotline.ie Annual Report Covering 2013 released.
The Hotline.ie Annual Report providing a statistical analysis of complaints made by the public during 2013 of suspected illegal content on the Internet was launched by Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., at the ISPAI Hotline.ie Meeting "Zero Tolerance to Child Sexual Abuse Online" held at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin.
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29/04/2013 Hotline.ie Annual Report - Analysis 2012
The Hotline.ie Annual Report analysising complaints made by the public during 2012 of suspected illegal content was launched by Minister of Justice, Alan Shatter, T.D. on 29 April 2013.
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16/07/2012 Hotline.ie Annual Report 2012 (Covering Jan - Dec 2011) Published: Press release from ISPAI
Hotline.ie has today published its annual report, this shows that in the previous year (2011), reports made by the public to the Hotline of suspected illegal content remained at similar levels to the previous five years. However, on investigation, those proving to actually refer to illegal content had fallen by over 50%. This appears to suggest that the public are not encountering illegal content, especially child pornography, on the web to the same frequency as in the past.
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14/05/2012 SUMMER CYBER SCAMS: Hotline.ie Warns About Online Hotel Bookings
Hotline.ie is appealing to the public to be vigilant when booking holidays online due to an increase in complaints about fake hotel booking confirmation emails.
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02/05/2012 CUT PRICE GOODS AND JOB VACANCIES, OR ARE THEY? Hotline.ie Warns about Online Identity Theft
Hotline.ie is appealing to the Irish public to be vigilant about identity fraud when making online transactions. Recently, Hotline.ie has noted an increase in false job advertisements, fraudulent websites offering goods at knock down prices and other ploys by criminals intent on tricking respondents into parting with personal and banking details.
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10/04/2012 ONLINE RACISM UNREPORTED
Hotline.ie has announced that the Irish public are failing to report incidents of incitement to hatred online. The level of reporting of cases of incitement to hatred has been consistently low since Hotline.ie began in 1999, with less than a handful of cases each year.
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28/03/2012 Hotline.ie support 'Get online week'
Hotline.ie announce during 'Get Online Week' that 54%* of adults in Ireland use the internet at least once a day according to exclusive Irish research carried out by the internet watchdog for illegal online activity.
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13/03/2012 Parents in Ireland fail to take basic online security precautions to protect their children - Hotline.ie survey
Exclusive new Irish research by Hotline.ie, the Irish internet watchdog where the public can report illegal online material has revealed that 67%* of parents in Ireland said that they are worried about what their children may come across online yet only 37% of these parents have installed basic security measures such as software that blocks access to inappropriate websites.
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28/06/2011 Hotline.ie Annual Report 2011 Published: Press release from ISPAI
The ever-increasing challenge which evolving technologies pose to the fight against child pornography is highlighted in the Annual Report of the Hotline.ie service, which details the activities of the service during the period 1st January through 31st December 2010. Encouragingly, the period saw a significant decline in the number of reports received that were deemed to be illegal under Irish law. This illustrates the fact that the Internet has become a safer place for ordinary web browsing.
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19/04/2011 Paul Durrant, CEO of the ISPAI, joins speakers from around the globe to improve counter-measures against the exploitation of children.
ECPAT’s International Conference on Child Online Safety puts Taiwan centre stage in the worldwide fight against the distribution of child pornography over the Internet. Taking place in Taipei on the 21st and 22nd April.
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30/06/2010 Hotline.ie Annual Report 2010 Published: Press release from ISPAI
ISPAI announced publication of the Hotline.ie Annual Report 2010 covering its operations in 2009. The year saw the first report to the Hotline in nearly 10 years of operation where illegal child abuse images were found to be hosted in Ireland. This press release also provides a brief summary of findings of the report. The full report is available by clicking on "Hotline Publications" on the left of this screen.
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24/06/2009 Hotline Annual Report 2009 Published: Press release from ISPAI
ISPAI announced publication of the Hotline.ie Annual Report covering its 2008 operations. This press release provides a brief summary of findings. The full report is available by clicking on "Hotline Publications" on the left of this screen.
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03/10/2008 ISPAI & ACMA Report Published
ISPAI and ACMA are delighted to announce the publication of their report, revealing the successful international hotline, ISP industry and police cooperation that led to the termination of a network of related illegal websites selling child abuse imagery on the Internet.
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22/07/2008 Hotline 5th Report Published: Press Release from ISPAI
ISPAI announces the publication of the 5th Report of the hotline.ie service
This covers statistical analysis of the reports and the safer Internet activities of the Hotline.
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22/07/2008 Speech by Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, at the launch of the 5th Report of the ISPAI hotline.ie Service.
The Minister officially launched the 5th Report of the hotline.ie service.
He then addressed the press, ISP industry and guests present, giving this speech which covers matters on Internet safety, legislation and views on Industry self-regulation.
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02/04/2008 Revamped Hotline Website: Press Release from ISPAI
Today, Wednesday 2nd. April 2008, the ISPAI made available to the public its revised www.hotline.ie service.

This enhanced Hotline website has been developed to assist the public to report suspected illegal content and to provide improved information on Internet safety measures. It is hoped that all ISPs in the country will join those already adhering to self-regulation and support the national and international efforts to develop a safer Internet environment.
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02/04/2008 Hotline relaunch: Press Release from Dept. Justice
Director of the Office for Internet Safety launches redeveloped www.hotline.ie service.

The new Executive Director of the Office for Internet Safety, Mr. John Laffan, today launched the Internet Service Providers' Association of Ireland (ISPAI) Hotline's redeveloped Website - www.hotline.ie - as part of a self regulatory regime supervised by the newly established Office for Internet Safety.
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02/04/2008 Speech by John Laffan, Executive Director, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Office for Internet Safety.
Delivered on the occassion of the Launch of the revamped www.hotline.ie website.
Standing in for the Minister who was unavoidably detained due to unexpected events at Leinster House, John Laffen delivered the speech planned to be given by the Minister on launching the new website.
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29/03/2007 Press Release from ISPAI www.hotline.ie
ISPAI announces the publication of the 4th. Report of the www.hotline.ie service
This covers statistical analysis of the reports and the safer Internet activities of the Hotline.
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29/03/2007 Speech by Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister of State at the Departments of Justice, Equaity and Law Reform, Health and Children, and Science and Education with special responsibility for children.
The Minister officially launched the 4th. Report of the www.hotline.ie service.
He then addressed the press, ISP industry and guests present, giving this speech which covers matters on Internet safety, legislation and views on Industry self-regulation.
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29/03/2007 Press Release from Government Press Office
Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children launches the ISPAI Child Pornography Hotline
Fourth Report March, 2007.
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02/05/2006 Press Release from Europe Direct
Europe Direct announces extension of its information service to provide
answers to questions citizen's may have regarding safer use of the Internet.
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27/02/2006 Press Release from ISPAI www.hotline.ie
Publication of the 3rd. report of www.hotline.ie
Covering the 30 month period 1st. July 2003 to 31st. December 2005.
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27/02/2006 Speech by Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children.
Speeking at the launch of the ISPAI Child Pornography Hotline Third Report.
Covering the 30 month period 1st. July 2003 to 31st. December 2005.
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04/05/2004 Press Release from ISPAI www.hotline.ie
Publication of the 2nd. report of www.hotline.ie
Covering the two year period 1st. July 2001 to 30th. June 2003.
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29/07/2003 Press Release from Internet Advisory Board
Launch of the Internet Advisory Board Report 2000-2002.
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08/08/2002 Press Release from www.hotline.ie Director
Launch of updated Hotline website.
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05/02/2002 Press Release from Minister for Children, Mary Hanafin TD
New Codes of Practice and Ethics for Irish Internet Service Providers and First Report of Child Pornography Hotline launched.
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05/02/2002 www.hotline.ie Director's Speech.
www.hotline.ie Directors Speech at the launch of the First Hotline Report.
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16/07/2001 Hanafin urges parents to supervise internet access by children.
Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Children today (16 July 2001) reiterated her advice to parents to take some sensible steps to protect their children from potentially harmful material on the Internet.
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09/03/2000 Establishment of Internet Advisory Board
The Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ms Mary Hanafin T.D., today (9 March 2000) announced the establishment of a new non-statutory Internet Advisory Board by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. John O'Donoghue, T.D.
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19/09/2000 Santa delivers the goods, but parents play crucial role in supervising Internet access.
Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Children today (19 December 2000) urged parents to take some sensible steps to protect their children from potentially harmful material on the Internet.
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29/11/1999 Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland launch Hotline.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform today (29 November 1999) launched the www.hotline service on behalf of the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland.
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