Helen Goodman – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Helen Goodman on 2014-04-07.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the communiqué of the internet safety summit at Downing Street, published on 18 November 2013, what progress has been made by internet companies on ensuring that child abuse images are not returned following search engine requests.

Karen Bradley

Child abuse is a horrific crime and the Government is determined to tackle
it. We have made real progress through our work with the internet industry.
Following this work, internet search engines have made changes to
their search mechanisms, and these new measures have been effective in making
it harder to access child abuse images. For example, Google has implemented
changes that prevent child abuse results against 100,000 unique searches
worldwide. National Crime Agency testing of these new measures shows that they
have been effective in making it harder to access child abuse images, videos or
pathways. This is now a constantly evolving approach that tracks the latest
terms being used by paedophiles and cuts off access to child abuse material.