The references of the BKA to child pornography on the internet have increased considerably

According to a report, last year federal investigators registered a significant increase in the number of references to child pornographic material on the Internet. The content usually comes from servers abroad.

According to a report, federal investigators received about 1,600 more referrals to child pornography on the Internet last year than in the previous year. According to documents from Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) and Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD), the portal “ThePioneer” reported on Tuesday. The government report should therefore be discussed in the federal cabinet on Wednesday.

“In the reporting period, the Federal Criminal Police (BKA) processed a total of 7,639 references to child pornographic content,” the portal quoted from the cabinet submission. In 2018 there were 5,951 references. According to the information, 7,633 notifications were forwarded to the respective providers in the past year – with a request to remove the content.

Usually the content comes from servers abroad

According to the report, 76 percent of these cases were related to content from servers abroad, and 24 percent of child pornography came from providers in Germany.

“80 percent of the domestic content was removed no later than two days after the BKA received the notification. A 100 percent removal rate was recorded after one week,” the report said in the documents. The average turnaround time from receipt of the notification by the BKA to removal by the provider was 1.42 days in 2019.

According to “The Pioneer” in the government report, the response behavior of domestic providers has improved significantly. On the other hand, removing the content hosted abroad will take significantly longer than before. “The one-week removal rate decreased from 55 percent in 2018 to 42 percent in 2019,” the portal quoted from government documents. “The four-week removal rate dropped from 91 percent to 81 percent.”

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