Police moot online version of 110 emergency call service

Police moot online version of 110 emergency call service
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In the face of growing internet crime, Germany’s professional police association (BDK) wants to create an online emergency call system, a media report said on Wednesday.

“To get a grip on internet crime and increase the security of users, we suggest an emergency call system – a sort of 110 on the net,” BDK head Klaus Jansen told daily Rheinische Post, referring to Germany’s universal emergency telephone number.

The project, called “Webpatrol,” is already in planning stages, he said, explaining that users who want the service could click on a link that would lead them to special software. The program would take an image of the offending website and automatically send the data to law enforcement officers, the paper said.

“So for example, evidence of a planned shooting or content like child pornography could be reported early,” Jansen said, adding that the new project would require new training for officers.

Parliamentary group leader for the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) Wolfgang Bosbach welcomed the suggestion.

“That’s an idea that we should thoroughly review,” he told the paper.

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