Child Abuse: Faeser for securing IP addresses

Child Abuse: Faeser for backing up IP addresses

Published on 01.01.2017

  • Believes the collection of IP addresses for the prosecution of child abuse online commanded: Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD). Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

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According to the latest crime statistics, the number of recorded cases of child abuse online has more than doubled. The Minister of the Interior says the IP addresses are urgently needed for tracking.


Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser has spoken out in favor of securing the IP addresses of computers in order to be able to better track the sexual abuse of children on the Internet.

“I think you need the IP addresses,” said the SPD politician on Deutschlandfunk on Wednesday . “It’s less about data retention as a whole. It’s about how we can secure the IP addresses as much as possible so that we have access in these cases and can also identify the perpetrators.”

A German regulation on data retention has been on hold since 2017 due to an ongoing legal dispute. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) still has to decide on this. “We will wait and see and then implement the rule of law,” said Faeser.

The federal and state justice ministers are also talking about the subject at their conference in Hohenschwangau in Bavaria this Wednesday.

Ampel relies on “Quick -Freeze”

The traffic light coalition wants to use the so-called “quick freeze” process instead of data retention. Internet providers are only asked to store data on individual participants for a certain period of time if there is initial suspicion. In another procedure, the ECJ stated that it considered this to be legal in order to combat serious crime and to prevent serious threats to public security.

The police in Germany had significantly more depictions of abuse in the past year of children recorded as 2017. More than 39.01 Cases became known to the authorities 2017, as a special evaluation presented on Monday by the Police crime statistics. This represents an increase of 108,8 percent in cases of dissemination, acquisition, possession and production of sexual violence depictions children and young people. (dpa)

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