If it is up to Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security), internet companies that (unintentionally) have child pornography on their servers will have to delete that image material within 24 hours.

If the companies fail to do so, they risk a fine.

A bill from Grapperhaus that regulates this went into consultation on Tuesday so that experts and organizations can comment on it.

A new independent authority can force negligent web hosts to cooperate and impose periodic penalty payments if necessary.

The fine can amount to a maximum of 4 percent of the company turnover.

Minister Grapperhaus said earlier that he wanted to create an authority for this.

He calls the rapid growth of child pornographic material on the Internet "disturbing and repugnant".

The Expertise Bureau Online Child Abuse (EOKM) reported last year that the number of reports about child pornography hosted on the internet has increased more than tenfold in five years: from 28,960 reports in 2014 to 308,430 in 2019.

According to the minister, most companies cooperate in a quick removal of the images.

But there are also hosting companies that do not or insufficiently combat online child pornography.

"The days of non-commitment are over," says Grapperhaus.

In 16 percent of the cases, material is not removed within 24 hours

Since 2018, Grapperhaus has been working with the internet sector to clean up the internet.

Research by TU Delft shows that an average of 84 percent of online child pornography is removed by the web hosts within 24 hours of a report.

But in 16 percent of the cases, this does not happen quickly enough or not at all.

To help internet companies clean up their servers, the police, together with the EOKM, have developed the so-called HashCheckService.

The companies are offered this tool for free.

Grapperhaus will also offer the tool to other EU countries.

In this way he wants to prevent the criminal material from being distributed via internet companies elsewhere in the EU.