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February 9, 2024

“Trailblazing” partnership takes aim at criminals profiting from child sexual abuse online 

  • A new partnership by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Public Internet Registry (PIR) will provide registries access to tools to disrupt child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.
  • This includes a “trailblazing” sponsorship agreement where PIR will sponsor registries and providers with free access to the IWF’s Domain Alerts and the TLD (Top-Level Domain) Hopping List.
  • This will allow for faster and more streamlined disruption of CSAM identified by the IWF and enable action to be taken against criminals who are hopping from one domain to another to keep this content online.
  • For more, please visit the IWF website.

WhatsApp is preparing to roll out third-party chat support 

  • WhatsApp will soon let users chat with people on other messaging apps within its own app, a month away from the Digital Markets Act (DMA) deadline.
  • Initially, only one-on-one chats with text, audio, video, images, and files will be supported.
  • End-to-end encryption is required for interoperability. Companies participating need to sign agreements with WhatsApp (details of which are not public yet).
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Scam Lyca Mobile site appearing as ‘verified advertiser’ on Google, Which? warns  

  • A scammer mimicking Lyca Mobile was able to bypass Google’s verification check.
  • This allowed them to put a “persuasive” ad on the top of search listings, bringing users to a copycat site and steal their card details.
  • Google has said they are continuing to evaluate and update their policies and improving their technology to ensure safety of users.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

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Met Police ‘failing to deal with child sexual exploitation’, report says 

  • The Metropolitan Police is failing to deal with child sexual exploitation, according to a report by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
  • The report found that the force’s response to child sexual exploitation is “not currently effective”.
  • Officers and staff were found to have used “victim-blaming language” and there were delays in launching investigations.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

Children’s commissioner backs ‘under-16s’ phone’ 

  • Dame Rachel de Souza has backed the idea of a phone for under 16s, put forward by Brianna Ghey’s mother, Esther.
  • She stated this could include phones for children to be able to contact their parents, but not access social media sites.
  • She has previously raised concerns about children’s access to “hardcore, misogynistic” pornographic material on social media sites.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.