The Internet is currently an unregulated arena in which many illegal activities take place. Whilst ‘traditional’ crime is decreasing across the Western World criminals are moving their focus to the Internet, and so the focus of policing needs to change to reflect this. Our task is to enable web users to easily (and anonymously) report offending websites to relevant authorities.
Few internet users currently know how to report a website they have visited which they feel contains illegal content. A telephone call to the police is usually the first consideration, but fear of being identified and asked difficult questions puts most people off. Also, most Police Forces currently have limited resources and little expertise in dealing with cyber crime.
The Organisation for Internet Compliance is an organisation, created to develop and operate systems to enable web users to easily report offending websites, and provide help and expertise in implementing systems that, in the real world make the Internet a safer place for all. We also advise website owners and regulators on all matters relating to Internet illegality and compliance.
Types of illegal Websites targeted by us
The use of computer networks to create, distribute, or access materials that sexually exploit under-age children. Infringements reported will be past to The Internet Watch Foundation.
Lack of Age Verification on Adult Websites
From April 2019 it will be a requirement that all commercial adult websites have a robust age verification system in place to prevent users under the age 18 from accessing pornography when they are in the UK. Our systems will enable the easy reporting of infringements to the regulator (The British Board of Film Classification)
Premeditated, usually politically-motivated violence committed against civilians through the use of, or with the help of, computer technology. This includes internet grooming perpetrated by extremist groups, bomb making instruction, terrorist training and arms trading. Infringements will be reported to the security services.
Types of illegal content include
- articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
- content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
- websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
- videos of terrorist attacks
Fraud is different from theft because the victim voluntarily and knowingly gives the money or property to the criminal but would not have if the criminal did not misrepresent themselves or their offering. The police are currently being inundated with such crimes and have little resources to cope. Infringements will be reported to Action Fraud.
Hacking and Cyber Warfare
Damaging or destroying data rather than stealing or misusing them (as with cyber theft) is called cyber vandalism. This can include a situation where network services are disrupted or stopped. This deprives the computer/network owners and authorised users (website visitors, employees) of the network itself and the data or information contained on the network. Examples:
Entering a network without permission and altering, destroying, or deleting data or files.
Deliberately entering malicious code (viruses, rootkits, trojans) into a computer network to monitor, follow, disrupt, stop, or perform any other action without the permission of the owner of the network.
Attacking the server of the computer network (DDoS attack) so the server does not perform properly or prevents legitimate website visitors from accessing the network resources with the proper permissions.
Infringements will be reported to the National Crime Agency.
Contraband (inc drug sales)
Transferring illegal items through the internet that is banned in some locations. Infringements will be reported to the Police
We have initiated a campaign to encourage the operators of adult website to show responsibility by displaying a link to www.pornaddiction.org.uk enabling those who suffer from an addiction to pornography to seek help. We have collated a large resource of information and directory of counselors and therapists who specialise in this addiction to help those in need.
The organisation was created by Michael McCann with the aim of making the internet a safer environment for all. Michael is a ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’. He worked for many years operating his own web-server in Scotsdale, Arizona hosting adult websites. After quitting the industry in 2015 because of concern about the illegal activities frequently promoted online, he now devotes his time to making the internet a safer place for all – and uses his knowledge of ‘the dark side’ of the web to advise others how to combat illegal activity online and to advise website owners how to stay compliant with the relevant laws.