On February 20, 2020, NCMEC released an open letter to the technology industry outlining five Principles to Safeguard Children in End-to-End Encrypted Environments.
- Do not implement end-to-end encrypted communications for accounts where a user has indicated they are under 18 years old.
- Implement detection technologies, at least as effective or better than those currently available, to prevent offenders from distributing child sexual abuse material.
- Adopt technology vetted by the child protection community to identify sexual grooming of children by adults.
- Promptly report apparent child sexual exploitation to NCMEC’s CyberTipline with actionable information to help rescue child victims and hold offenders accountable.
- Ensure that law enforcement can use existing legal process to effectively investigate the sexual exploitation of children.
You can view and download the entire letter here.