COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE SUPPORTS THE VOLUNTARY PRINCIPLES TO COUNTER ONLINE CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE Sydney, 24 June 2020: Communications Alliance warmly welcomes and supports the recently launched Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. The Voluntary Principles were developed by the Five Eyes Country Governments (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States), in close consultation with leading technology companies and a broad range of experts from industry, civil society and academia. They aim at guiding efforts across the globe to safeguard children on online platforms and services.
“Our industry is committed to the Principles. In fact, our members have a long-standing record of closely cooperating with law enforcement agencies and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner in the fight against the abuse of the most vulnerable in society, our children,” said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton.
“The communications and platforms industry is very alert to the risks that children can be exposed to on the internet and will continue to devote significant resources on effective and innovative ways to make the internet a safer space for all Australians, especially for children and other vulnerable people.
“It is critical that our industry, together with other sectors such as education, and Government continue to collaboratively drive and foster a proactive, comprehensive and global response to online child exploitation and abuse,” Mr Stanton concluded.
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.
Its vision is to provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.
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