FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 January 2023
Bangkok, Thailand – ECPAT International, alongside EU-based ECPAT members, has signed a joint statement with DOT Europe, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and over 50 tech trade associations and civil society organizations dedicated to safeguarding children’s well-being online.
Expressing grave concerns about the lack of progress in negotiations around the hotly debated EU proposal to combat child sexual abuse online, signatories argue that, with the end of the current EU mandate and with EU elections on sight, an extension of at least two years temporary framework to protect children online is imperative. Signatories remind that this extension should not be a final answer to the alarming issue of child sexual abuse online in the EU.
Amy Crocker says that “The temporary agreement can only be a transitional measure. The primary focus remains on forging and adopting a robust, long-term legal instrument in the EU that will be effective in preventing and combatting child sexual abuse online.”
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