Safeguarding News and Updates

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It has been announced that the Government is set to criminalise ‘downblousing’ as well as the sharing of pornographic deepfakes without consent. The proposed changes state that those who share explicit images or videos that have been manipulated to look like someone else without their consent (deepfakes) could be jailed. As well, this includes downblousing (photos that are taken down a woman’s top) as well as new laws brought forward by the Ministry of Justice to address the installation of equipment to take photos or videos of someone without their consent.  

The Revenge Porn Helpline stands for those victims of non-consensual intimate image abuse and if you are experiencing any of the issues raised visit or call 0345 6000 459 

The Online Safety Bill Update

The online safety bill went through parliament again on the 5th of December. This would be the third reading of the Bill and is another step towards progressing it further towards the House of Lords and then towards its final stages of approval.

The Bill has been delayed on several occasions which has called into question the ongoing safety of users online who are still open to experiencing online harm while delays take place. 

The Online Safety Bill is looking to put legislation into place that will better protect users online. The bill will be the first of its kind for the UK and will look to hold tech firms accountable under a new regulation by Ofcom. 

Sources and Further Information: Safety and Security Online | SWGfL

People at higher risk of stumbling across child sexual abuse material online, warn expert analysts at the IWF

People are at increased risk of accidentally stumbling across online child sexual abuse material as the team at the Internet Watch Foundation, a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, has discovered a disturbing new trend, where criminals are profiting from spamming links to criminal material on social media platforms.

The public is advised not to click on any suspicious URLs, as criminals are spamming links to the sites for people in the UK to unknowingly click on them. These are called “invite child abuse pyramid (iCAP)” sites and since the trend was first identified by IWF expert analysts in July this year, the team has already assessed over 4,774 reports and worked to remove 168 websites found to be hosting criminal child sexual abuse imagery. When the content is found, the IWF team notifies the companies whose services have been abused to host this material, and together work to have the content removed.

Source 29 Nov 2022Angela Munoz ArocaInternet Watch Foundation Archives – UK Safer Internet Centre

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