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'We need to protect the victims': Dutton, Five Eyes allies vow to get tough on child porn

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton meets with New Zealand Attorney General David Parker during the Quintet Meeting of Attorneys General in Westminster. Source: PA Wire

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has joined with members of the Five Eyes security alliance to issue a rallying call on encrypted content to tech companies.

Australia has banded together with powerful international allies to demand tech giants do more to combat the circulation of child pornography.

Security ministers from the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance - comprising the US, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - have demanded tech titans allow backdoor access to encrypted content.

Mr Dutton, Canada's Justice Minister Francois Daigle and United Kingdom's Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.
Mr Dutton, Canada's Justice Minister Francois Daigle and United Kingdom's Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.
PA Wire

The companies have been given until September to prove what action they have taken to combat the "abhorrent crimes".

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who led talks on the issue of child exploitation, said the companies had a moral obligation to allow spies and law enforcement agencies access to encrypted data.

"It's about the privacy of the children," Mr Dutton told 2GB Radio from London on Friday.

"We need to protect the victims here. We need to make sure that the rights of the victims are put above the rights of the offenders. To most Australians, I think that's common sense."

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