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Offences against Children: Databases

Question for Home Office

UIN 217090, tabled on 3 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of images which will be included in the Child Abuse Image Database as its launch.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

18 December 2014

At its launch, the Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) contained around 4.4m unique images. This includes every file from the Cheshire Constabulary image library, which sits alongside the interim National Hash Set Database, that has been graded as an indecent image of a child or related material by at least one police force - around 3.53m images. Approximately 870,000 additional images which did not previously appear in the Cheshire library have been provided by other police
forces.

All 4.4m images appearing on CAID have an indicative categorisation based on police force grading. At present, the number of these images that have three independent, undisputed votes is approximately 600,000. This figure will
increase as the database is used by more forces.

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Home Office
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