In the months to come, the European Union plans to introduce legislation which will require technology companies to comply with laws aimed at tackling child sexual abuse, said a top EU official.
In an interview to Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newsdaily, the EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said, in 2020 internet service providers and social media companies had reported 22 million offences related to child sexual abuse, up from 17 million in 2019.
This was only a fraction of the real number, she said.
“I will propose legislation in the coming months that will require companies to detect, report, and remove child sexual abuse,” said Johansson. “A voluntary report will then no longer be sufficient.”
Currently under EU law, social media companies and ISPs have a choice on whether to follow up on offences.
The fight against the child abuse should be better said Johansson and that the EU needs a specialist center to improve prevention, law enforcement and victim support.