The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has released the report of Lord Ken MacDonald on the organisation’s compliance with human rights principles.
In November we reported on Lord MacDonald’s speech at the IWF’s AGM, where he recommended that the IWF abandon proposals to extend its activities into peer-to-peer networks.
Lord MacDonald ...argued that the IWF should limit its scope to identifying and removing child abuse content, as opposed to investigating perpetrators, which is the proper role of law enforcement. In particular, he recommended abandoning for the time being plans to investigate and disrupt the distribution of child abuse content over peer-to-peer networks. Investigation of peer-to-peer networks, argued MacDonald, inevitably involves a degree of intrusion that, while appropriate in the context of a criminal investigation, is not an appropriate role for a private body such as the IWF.
This recommendation remains in Lord MacDonald’s final report, as does his view that the IWF should restrict its remit to child sexual abuse material.