The Internet does not recognize national borders – for the complaints offices to work effectively, it is therefore important to be well connected worldwide.
Given that it is only possible to effectively combat illegal Internet content through well-established international cooperation, eight organizations – including eco and the FSM – founded INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines) in November 1999 with support from the European Commission’s “Action plan for a Safer Internet”. INHOPE is the international umbrella association of Internet complaints offices that operate worldwide and receive complaints about illegal content (particularly images of the sexual abuse of minors) on the Internet.
Within the network, which now consists of more than 45 complaints offices from over 40 countries, national complaints offices can forward complaints to the respective INHOPE partner. As a result, complaints can be pursued in the land of origin. Complaints about illegal online content which is not hosted on a server in Germany are therefore forwarded by eco and the FSM to the – for each complaint individually – relevant responsible INHOPE member.