Child abuse image filter
“Child abuse image filter: be sure that your website does not contain any child abuse images”
The EOKM child abuse image filter will check every uploaded image to see if it is child pornography. This feature is using a hash database, offered by the Dutch foundation the EOKM (expert bureau online child abuse). When child abuse is found by Qbine, it will report the owner of the website by email or SMS and blocks the image. In this report, we will give the upload location, the name of the upload, and what IP the upload is coming from.
EOKM filter by default
We all think child abuse has to stop. That is why the EOKM child abuse filter is a service that can not be turned off. This has to be turned on for every user from Qbine. Why should we do this? Well, there is no point in turning it off. If you want to turn it off, you actually ask us to turn a child abuse filter off so you can let your users upload child abuse content. And with hosters being responsible for all the content on their servers, this service that we offer is the way to go. You do not have to integrate anything yourself. By using Qbine for its Web Application Firewall or the free SSL we offer, you automatically protect your servers from illegal content.
Doing our part against child abuse
Protecting and optimizing your website is not the only thing we do. With Qbine we take a step further. We do our part by protecting our minors from further exploitation. Qbine stands for a clean internet and with the EOKM child abuse filter, we take it to a new level. So we do our part now it is time to do yours. The only thing you have to do is protecting your website with Qbine and we do the rest.
What is the EOKM child abuse filter?
To start understanding the EOKM Child Abuse Filter, you must know what the EOKM foundation is and what they stand for. EOKM is an independent Dutch foundation and is an abbreviation for Expertisebureau Online Kindermisbruik. Translated to English, it means the Expert Bureau Online Child Abuse. Their mission is to combat and prevent online sexual abuse and exploitation of minors. Every child has the right to protection against sexual exploitation, both offline and online. EOKM wants to improve the online protection of children. In the battle against child sexual exploitation material, EOKM has started building a technical tool to prevent the uploading of known child sexual exploitation material. The EOKM foundation is a member of INHOPE, a large international platform with one goal: To make the internet completely free of child sexual abuse material. INHOPE is funded by the European Commission.
The EOKM has multiple programs and one of them is the hashing database of known sexual child abuse material. In cooperation with the Dutch national police, Interpol, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), they have created a large hashing database. The database is used to compare uploaded images against the hashing material inside the EOKM database. This way action is taken when there is a positive match.
How does it work?
By using the EOKM API, the child abuse filter has been added into Qbine and all EOKM functionalities are integrated into Qbine’s core. Every image uploaded to your website is hashed. The material itself is not downloaded by us and therefore it’s impossible for us to see the actual content. The only thing being used is the hash of the image so it is compared against the known hashes from the EOKM database. When there is a positive match, the owner of the website is contacted in regards to the positive matched data: The name, the location, the time of upload, and the IP address of the person who uploaded the content. It is now up to the owner to verify that the uploaded content is indeed illegal and if so, authorities are notified and shall pursue further action. This way we all work together towards making the internet completely free of child sexual abuse material.
Inside your client area, a graph is shown with all positive matches within the EOKM Child Abuse Filter. When there is a positive match, all data will be provided in order to catch the culprit. This way you are in control of the content on your servers.
A user from your website uploads an image to your blog or forum or chat. The moment the image is detected, a hash is created. Once the image is hashed, it can be compared to hashes in the EOKM database. If there is a positive match or a high chance that the match is alike, the content is blocked from being used and the owner is notified via SMS, email, and a ticket inside the Qbine client area. The owner must respond to the ticket and take action.
Does the EOKM child abuse filter block all content?
The answer to this question is an unfortunate no. The EOKM child abuse filter can only compare and block content that is already known material from the Dutch national police and Interpol. This is why users have to verify the uploaded content to see whether there is a positive match and to see whether the user has uploaded more material that is not blocked. Taking these actions can help to search for new content and make sure to ban the users that distribute the material.
EOKM filter by default
Child abuse MUST stop. The EOKM Child Abuse Filter is a service that cannot be turned off. By default, the filter is turned on for every Qbine user. Should a hoster want to turn it off, the user will basically allow its clients to host child abuse content on their websites – and cannot be allowed. Hosters are responsible for the content uploaded on their servers. With the Qbine service offered, you will not have to integrate anything yourself. By using Qbine for its Web Application Firewall or the free SSL we offer, you automatically protect your servers from illegal content.
Doing our part against child abuse
Protecting and optimizing your website is not the only thing we do. With Qbine, we take a step further. We are protecting our minors from (further) exploitation. Qbine stands for clean internet and with the EOKM Child Abuse Filter, we take it to a new level. We are doing our part – now it is time to do yours as you will understand the importance of the EOKM Child Abuse Filter. The only thing you have to do is start protecting your website with Qbine and the rest is done by us.