Dubbed Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the 11 principles were said to be have been drafted in consultation with a number of leading technology companies.
Representatives from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Roblox, Snap and Twitter were present at an earlier meeting in London last July when the drafting of the principles was discussed.
The principles cover the following themes:
- Prevent child sexual abuse material;
- Target online grooming and preparatory behaviour;
- Target livestreaming;
- Prevent searches of child sexual abuse material from surfacing;
- Adopt a specialised approach for children;
- Consider victim/survivor-led mechanisms; and
- Collaborate and respond to evolving threats.
Ministers from the Five Eyes countries at Thursday's launch of the voluntary principles to deter child sexual abuse. Courtesy DoJ
British Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “We cannot allow children to fall victim to predators who lurk in the shadows of the Web.
“Through global collaboration and with enhanced action from the Five Countries, law enforcement agencies and tech companies, we will ensure that children are protected online.”
"It is imperative that we keep children safe from online sexual exploitation and abuse, and we can only accomplish that if we work together with other countries and across sectors,” said Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair.
“Today’s release of the voluntary principles represents a huge step forward and is the result of innovative co-operation between Five Eyes partners and industry stakeholders. For Canada, the principles directly align with our efforts guided by our National Strategy and continues to fulfill our commitment of protecting children from sexual exploitation of any kind.”
“When it comes to tackling child abuse committed on online platforms and services, the digital industry has a vital role to play,” said Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. “The Voluntary Principles will help industry optimise these efforts; they reflect governments’ expectations of digital industry, and are scalable and practical to implement across various platforms — from search engines to gaming services to social media networking sites.”
New Zealand Minister of Internal Affairs and Minister for Children Tracey Martin said: “Those who engage in online child sexual exploitation work to get around current barriers and regulations, despite the best efforts and hard work of the digital industry.
“This is a global crime that demands a global response. Working with my colleagues from the Five Countries and the digital industry has ensured we have a set of principles that are robust, flexible, and most importantly, will create effective responses.”