James Brokenshire has written to internet, social media and online communication service companies to share details of the actions they are taking to protect children online during the current pandemic and work with government to combat abuse.
In a letter co-ordinated with partners in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand James called on the companies to work with government to share data and information to protect children from being sexually exploited or abused.
The letter to internet industry companies calls for ‘frank and collaborative exchange of information’ as a standard and asks the companies to share key trends and insights as well as the safeguarding measures which are being put in place to help governments strengthen their response to online predators.
Commenting James said:
“It is essential we do all that we can to protect our kids from sick online predators at this challenging time. In my role as Security Minister I’ve written to tech companies to ensure they are doing all they can to safeguard children online during the pandemic.
“We’ve been clear that steps must be taken to ensure depraved offenders are prevented from taking advantage of the current situation.
“Online child sexual abuse transcends borders. It is only through working with international partners, law enforcement and industry that we can confront this urgent threat.”
You can read the full text of James’s letter at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uplo…