ACMA and the AFP team up to fight online child abuse material

ACMA deputy chair Richard Bean said ACMA is one of the most effective frontline agencies to deal with online content which depicts child sexual abuse material.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have signed an agreement to help fight the distribution of child abuse material on the Internet.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) aims to identify and remove websites with illegal child abuse material more efficiently.

“The AFP works closely with a wide network of international and Australian partners to keep prohibited materials off the Internet,” Michael Phelan, AFP deputy commissioner, said in a statement.

“All appropriate measures are taken to ensure that law enforcement authorities are in a better position to stop the exploitation of children and child sex crimes, and this MoU is yet another example of that shared commitment.”

ACMA deputy chair Richard Bean said ACMA is one of the most effective frontline agencies to deal with online content which depicts child sexual abuse material.

“Each and every item of child abuse material that is removed from the Internet means a real reduction in the re-victimisation of the children depicted and the number of families inadvertently exposed to deeply disturbing content,” he said.

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