What we provide is more than just a service  it's a membership of a global network all dedicated to making the internet a safer place, What we provide is more than just a service it's a membership of a global network all dedicated to making the internet a safer place," says Susie Hargreaves

Tata Communications has become the first ISP in India to become a Member of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

With this collaboration, Tata Communications is leading the way towards a safer internet by protecting citizens from online child sexual abuse material. As a Member of IWF, Tata Communications will now be using the URL List service, a list of webpages that contain child sexual abuse imagery. By using the URL List and removing its customers’ ability to access these webpages, Tata Communications will provide its customers with the most up-to-date way to protect their networks from child sexual abuse imagery online.

Manish Sansi, general counsel – India and company secretary, Tata Communications, said: “In line with our strong corporate values and ethos of integrity, we have adopted and implemented the IWF resources to block child sexual abuse material from the internet. As well as being the responsible thing to do, we are most proud to be the first ISP in India to join hands with the IWF and reinstate our commitment to protecting our customers from malicious online content.”

Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO, said: “The promotion of a secure internet for both the general public and companies to use is paramount to Tata Communications, as it is to us. This partnership puts us all one step closer to achieving a safer internet, by disrupting the hosting and distribution of child sexual abuse material online. I’m looking forward to working with their team.

Any company, worldwide, wishing to join the IWF as a Member can go to www.iwf.org.uk/become-a-member to sign up. New sign-ups will be joining the likes of Google, Microsoft, Sky, Facebook and Vodafone as Members.