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Video Conferencing: Offences against Children

Question for Home Office

UIN HL4803, tabled on 20 May 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Zoom about protecting children and young people from incidents of video calls being interrupted by anonymous users to display images of child abuse.

Answered on

9 June 2020

There has been a sharp increase in the use of online conferencing tools during the pandemic. The Government is aware of incidents of ‘zoombombing’. This is the unauthorised intrusion of individual/s into Zoom calls, on occasions accompanied by the sharing of explicit material and perpetrated by those taking advantage of meetings that are either not secured via a password or where the password has been widely shared.

There is an ongoing criminal investigation and we are working to ensure best practice on how to configure these applications is shared as widely as possible.

NCSC has published advice and encourages the public to use passcodes and only share them privately, to ensure online meetings are safe.

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Home Office