The IWF maintains a list of child sexual abuse URLs that companies use to block and filter. Three companies that use the list helped to compile the data that revealed the 8.8m UK attempts to access child sexual abuse imagery on URLs in April.
These figures come as law enforcement and child protection agencies issue start warnings that paedophiles are seeking to take advantage of the pandemic.
GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was aware of most of the issues raised and is in the process of addressing them.
Security concerns are linked to the app’s use of a central server. Thinking Cybersecurity chief executive Dr Vanessa Teague said “a decentralised solution wouldn’t have a central server with the recent face-to-face contacts of every infected person, so there’s a much lower risk of that database being leaked or abused.”
Research Shows Young People worried about Coronavirus
Research conducted by Beatfreeks, an organisation which researches youth trends in the UK has highlighted that 65% of young people surveyed are concerned for their mental health because of COVID-19.
Dr. Andrew Mycock, a lecturer from the University of Huddersfield who helped analyse the data said the pandemic will have a long-lasting effect on young people.
The research has also found that young people don’t feel secure getting their information and news from the internet and now are now using more traditional media outlets.