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ISPs agree £1m extra funding for 'proactive' web safety

Culture Secretary Maria Miller hosted a Downing Street summit today. Credit: PA

Technology giants and the Government have agreed a new approach to tackling online child abuse images with a beefed-up role for the internet watchdog.

Mrs Miller said ISPs and computing and technology firms had agreed a "fundamental change" to the way the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works, with the industry-funded body set to adopt a role actively seeking out and blocking child abuse images.

The main UK internet service providers (ISPs) have agreed to provide extra funding for the IWF, understood to amount to £1 million, to help it take on the extra duties.

Under current arrangements the IWF only acts on content that has been reported to it rather than proactively seeking out illegal images.