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Two organizations committed to making the Internet a safer place and removing and blocking illegal web content are the Internet Watch Foundation and iKeepSafe. This week, the web filtering solution provider Securly has announced that it has partnered with both organizations and the Securly web filter has been verified as meeting strict standards for Internet control.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a UK based charity committed to eradicating child pornography from the internet and making it harder for individuals to access such content. The charity works closely with law enforcement agencies and ISPs to ensure that illegal images and videos are taken down and permanently removed from the Internet. The charity is also committed to bringing the individuals responsible for uploading the content to justice.
IWF maintains a blacklist of websites and webpages discovered to be hosting images of child abuse or child pornography, which can be applied to web filtering solutions to ensure such content cannot be accessed. Securly has incorporated the IWF blacklist into its own blacklist of URLs and is updating its solution daily to ensure that illegal images and videos cannot be accessed by its users.
iKeepSafe (The Internet Keep Safe Coalition) is a U.S based non-profit international alliance of technology experts, law enforcement officials, policy leaders, and public health experts that provides resources for parents and educators to help them use technology safely. iKeepSafe has similar goals to the IWF and aims to make the Internet a safer place for children.
In addition to its outreach and advisory role, iKeepSafe certifies digital technology as compliant with state and federal regulations covering the handling of protected personal information. This is achieved through product assessments and monthly monitoring. Securly recently completed a privacy review and was confirmed as compliant with student data privacy legislation including the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) and has been awarded the California Student Privacy Badge, the first web filtering company to receive that distinction.