ISPAI Concern that EU CEF is Poised to Drop Essential Safer Internet Actions *UPDATE
July 9, 2013
Full text of EuroISPA call to MEPs on this issue can be found here.
Below an excerpt from EuroISPA’s call:
“The European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) is the world’s largest association of Internet Services Providers, representing over 1800 ISPs across Europe.
As all our members have developed notice and take-down procedures in order to remove illegal content at source, and some of them also operate “hotlines” funded by the European Commission mainly to fight against child pornography, we feel very concerned about the future of the Safer Internet Programme under the Connecting Europe Facility.
SUPPORT HOTLINE FUNDING FOR REMOVAL OF ILLEGAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE MATERIAL
Currently, the European Parliament has to vote through amendments to the proposal for a regulation of the Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks.
Very welcome and positive amendments by MEPs Jürgen Creutzmann (ALDE, Germany), Graham Watson (ALDE, UK), Erik Bánki (European Peoples Party, Hungary), Vicky Ford (European Conservatives and Reformists Group,UK), Rolandas Paksas (Europe of freedom and democracy Group, Lithuania) and Angelika Niebler (European People’s Party, Germany) deserve the full and complete support of all MEPs.
URGENT: ALLOCATING A BUDGET IS VITAL TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, SEXUAL ENTICEMENT & ILLEGAL CONTENT ON THE INTERNET
Cutting any financial support to national hotlines would be a catastrophic step backwards in the protection of children and young people in Europe and worldwide. We applaud the amendments and urge all MEPs to re-affirm the commitment of European institutions made in current initiatives on this delicate matter. (COM (2012)196, Commission Communication on European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children, Directive 2011/92/EU on Combatting the sexual abuse and the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA; CEO Coalition; Global alliance to fight online child abuse)
Therefore, EuroISPA calls on you to affirm your laudable commitment to earlier advances, such as the Child Exploitation Directive, and join the initiative to ring-fence funding and to ensure the survival of the European hotlines and the Safer Internet Centres within the Connecting Europe Facility with a minimum fund.