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Pornography: Internet

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with (a) US and (b) Russian authorities on preventing access to child abuse images on the internet. (209619)

The Home Secretary has not held any discussion with US or Russians specifically on preventing access to child abuse images on the internet.

However, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), which is funded by the Home Office, has regular contact with law enforcement overseas through the Virtual Global Taskforce, on the prevention of child exploitation.

Furthermore, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the US recently contributed to the development of the Social Networking Guidance, produced by the Home Secretary’s Taskforce on Online Child Protection. The Home Secretary met delegates from the centre at this launch event.

We have discussed with US the possibility of sharing sex offender databases.

In addition, at the June 2008 G8 Justice and Interior Ministers meeting, delegates (including representatives from the US and Russia) showed their continued commitment to combating online child abuse images.