VGT recommends worldwide adoption of Open Data Protocol, increased victim identification efforts
The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) announced two key recommendations to help combat online child sexual abuse material at the conclusion of its board meeting this week in New Zealand. The primary recommendation is for all countries to begin using the Open Data Protocol (OData), managed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).
The use of OData will allow compatibility among law enforcement tools within the global community in managing illicit images and video regardless of vendor. All countries should also have a national center that manages the material and supports victim-centric investigations and identification efforts.
These recommendations were among the most significant items discussed by VGT members who most recently met in Wellington to develop new strategies and technological solutions that will allow law enforcement to better identify, locate and safeguard children who have been sexually exploited, with the aim of protecting children everywhere.
VGT is an international alliance of law enforcement agencies, non-government organizations and industry to help protect children from online and transnational child sexual exploitation.
VGT law enforcement member agencies are: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Australian Federal Police; the United Kingdom National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command; Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioural Science Branch; the Italian Postal and Communication Police Service; New Zealand Police; INTERPOL; Europol; the Ministry of Interior for the United Arab Emirates; the Dutch National Police; the Korean National Police; and the Indonesian National Police.
VGT private partners are: End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes network (ECPAT International); International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE); the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC); International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), PayPal, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, World Vision Australia, Blackberry, The Code, Kids Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA) and. NetClean.
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