22 November 2013

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.

Share with a friend

Photos

Virtual Global Taskforce

Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT)

View Slideshow

Previous news item

VGT board applauds government, industry strides against online child exploitation

The Virtual Global Taskforce’s (VGT) board of management applauded announcements made at a U.K. summit this week by government and industry leaders interested in combating online child sexual exploitation. Board [more…]

9 January 2017

INTERPOL network identifies 10,000 child sexual abuse victims

LYON, France – Ten thousand victims of child sexual abuse around the world have now been identified through INTERPOL’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database. The only global platform of [more…]

13 December 2016

VGT Board welcomes “NCAC” as new member

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Interior, the current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), welcomed the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) as a new member of the VGT. [more…]

2 December 2016

VGT Announce 20 Arrests in 6 Months from Operation Globe

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) concluded its meetings in Bern, Switzerland. The meetings were chaired by Major General Dr. Nasser Lakherbani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH [more…]

25 November 2016

VGT Board of Management Meeting in Bern

The UAE Ministry of Interior, the current Chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), leads the VGT Board of Management meeting, to be held during 28-30 November in Bern, Switzerland. [more…]

12 June 2016

Virtual Global Taskforce Combatting Child Exploitation Online Welcomes Magnet Forensics

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Combatting Child Exploitation Online welcomed Magnet Forensics, a global leader in the acquisition, analysis and reporting of digital evidence. Their application was approved following a [more…]

8 April 2016

Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) Concludes Meeting in Colombia

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) approved a project to form a work group that includes law enforcement entities affiliated to the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) members, alongside its private and [more…]

6 April 2016

The UAE Welcomes the Philippines Joining the Virtual Global Taskforce

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), welcomed the Philippines as a new member of the VGT the Global Alliance against online child [more…]

1 April 2016

VGT Continues its Efforts to Foster Child Protection

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) chaired by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will convene an official meeting in the Colombian city of Cartagena during 4-7 April 2016. The meeting will [more…]

30 December 2015

VGT Welcomes the Child Rescue Coalition

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) welcomed the Child Rescue Coalition, the newest partner to join the alliance with the aim of promoting the efforts in the ongoing fight against online [more…]

20 December 2015

VGT Welcomes Web-IQ from the Netherlands

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) welcomed the Netherlands company Web-IQ specialized in online information, into its organization to protect children against online sexual exploitation. The Web-IQ application was approved following [more…]

20 December 2015

The VGT Child Sexual Exploitation Environmental Scan 2015

Strategic priorities for the Virtual Global Task Force (VGT) Board of Management (BoM) were announced today in a report commissioned by the BoM from The Europol-European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). The [more…]

18 December 2015

UAE Welcomes ICDL GCC to VGT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), welcomed the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) GCC as a new member of the VGT the [more…]

12 November 2015

UAE assumes chair of Virtual Global Taskforce

The United Arab Emirates assumed chair today of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of law enforcement and private sector agencies dedicated to combating online child sexual exploitation [more…]

12 November 2015

VGT announces over 300 arrests from Operation Atlas

Members of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) today announced the results of Operation Atlas, a global initiative to highlight investigations being conducted by VGT law enforcement members into the sharing [more…]

14 July 2015

Colombian National Police Cases

Operation OPEN YOUR EYES During a search warrant on Nov. 12, 2014, five adults were arrested in Cucuta, Colombia for pimping minors and pornography with minors. This criminal network used [more…]

15 April 2015

UAE to chair Virtual Global Taskforce

SYDNEY, Australia – The Ministry of Interior for the United Arab Emirates was selected this week as the next chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of [more…]

10 March 2015

New VGT partner Kik Takes Steps to Combat Exploitation of Minors

Kik Interactive has taken two important steps towards preventing exploitation of minors in its chat app, Kik. The Waterloo-based company has become the first Canadian company to adopt Microsoft PhotoDNA [more…]

4 March 2015

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children hosts Inaugural Gala for Child Protection Thursday, May 7

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a non-profit organization working to empower and equip the global community to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction, will [more…]

25 February 2015

International Effort Leads to Rescue of 22-month-old Romanian Baby being molested

This weekend, special agents and investigators in the United States and European Union scrambled to rescue a 22-month-old Romanian baby after learning that she was being sexually abused. It was [more…]

17 November 2014

Two teens rescued from suspected British child sex offender

Two teenagers were rescued from a hotel room in the Philippines following an international investigation into a British man who has been charged with child sex offenses. The Philippine teenagers [more…]