Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Voluntary Principles

Five-Country Ministerial – Tool

March 5, 2020

On 5 March 2020 a set of Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse was launched in Washington DC.  These principles were developed by the Five Country governments (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US) in consultation with six leading technology companies and a broad range of experts from industry, civil society and academia.

The Voluntary Principles cover issues ranging from online grooming and livestreaming of child sexual abuse to industry transparency and reporting. They are designed to be flexible for all companies to implement (regardless of size or platform format), and provide a strong message for companies to address the scale and nature of the online child sexual abuse facilitated by their platforms.

The Five Country governments have partnered with the WePROTECT Global Alliance to promote the Principles globally and drive collective industry action. The WePROTECT Global Alliance will connect subject matter experts to share best practices and analyse the evolving threat environment to identify gaps in the global response.

See also the Guide for tech companies considering supporting the “Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse”.

The following Alliance members have endorsed these Principles: