Winnipeg, Canada — The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) welcomes news of Google’s plan to bring about significant design and policy changes to better protect children and adolescents in the digital space, and is hopeful the company will also provide more details in the near future on some key questions raised by this initiative.
Earlier this week, Google said it will introduce a new policy that enables anyone under the age of 18, or their parent or guardian, to request the removal of their images from Google Image search results. Several other changes to its products and platforms, including YouTube, will also take place, such as clawing back commercial‑type content to minors, setting privacy and adult‑filtering modes by default for accounts held by minors.
“We view these many safety‑by‑design changes proposed by Google favorably. That said, online harm to children is a complex issue and more details are needed in order to fully evaluate how this will play out in practice,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director for C3P.
Key questions about the proposal include:
A recent global report by C3P provides a series of recommendations related to website design and content moderation to ensure children are safe online.Media relations contact:
About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. The organization’s goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through programs, services, and resources for Canadian families, educators, child‑serving organizations, law enforcement, and other parties. C3P also operates Cybertip.ca, Canada’s national tipline to report child sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet, and Project Arachnid, a web platform designed to detect known images of CSAM on the clear and dark web and issue removal notices to industry.