NEW- End-to-end encryption

As CEOP Ambassadors we are obviously concerned about the roll out of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) on Meta Platforms.

” Whilst encryption plays an important role in  protecting our privacy online, this must be balanced with the imperative to safeguard children and young people online.

The roll out of E2EE will affect the ability of social media companies to detect child sexual abuse on their platforms, and instead places undue pressure on children and young people to self-report instances of abuse, rather than platforms  having security features in place to both prevent and detect abuse before it occurs.

You can support children and young people by encouraging parents, carers and professionals to talk to them about both the benefits and potential risks of E2EE, helping them to make informed decisions and know how to seek help if needed.

Find further information and advice for parents and carersprofessionals and young people.

Find out more on the National Crime Agency’s response to the roll out of end-to-end encryption.”

Many thanks to our colleagues at CEOP for this update and the resources.


Safeguarding Briefing from Andrew Hall

End-to-End Encryption, previously the domain of spies and those seeking to exist below the observation of the authorities is now becoming a must-have feature in the e-communication world. The inexorable rise of e-communication fueled by the increased sophistication of mobile phones, and communication apps such as WhatsApp and the direct message feature of Instagram has made image sharing an essential of telephonic dialogue.

The commencement of End-to-End Encryption as a feature of all messaging apps, owes much to the screen capturing of private images and texts in the adult world. However, the question remains is the enhancement of security via this level of encryption an advantage or disadvantage to child protection?


The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), has recently published an article on this topic. Please follow the link below to find out more:

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