In the name of the child, the FBI sought a statement from Interpol opposing end-to-end encryption. At a panel meeting of expert groups on child crime held at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, last week, the FBI submitted a proposal that technology service providers should be urged to allow legal access to encrypted data in order to combat child sexual exploitation.
The proposal attributes part of the blame for child sexual exploitation to the technology industry, saying the current default end-to-end encryption does not allow the world to protect children from sexual exploitation, and that technology providers should protect user privacy on the one hand and protect user safety on the other.
Failure to grant legal access to its platforms and services, technical service providers provide a safe haven for perpetrators of child sexual exploitation and hinder child protection law enforcement.
An Interpol spokesman said it had no immediate plans to make a statement on encryption.