Policy Positions

As a prominent advocacy consortium, the End OSEAC Coalition has achieved visibility on Capitol Hill, pushing for increased opportunities for hearings, statements for the record, and press statements.

The End OSEAC Coalition has endorsed the following child protection-focused legislation in the 118th Congress:

Eliminating Abusive And Rampant Neglect Of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act

The EARN IT Act revises the federal framework governing the prevention of online sexual exploitation of children. It establishes the National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention, which will develop best practices for online service providers to prevent, reduce, and respond to the online sexual exploitation of children (provision not included in the House version). The bill creates targeted exceptions to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to remove blanket immunity from civil and criminal liability under child sexual abuse material laws. It also creates new reporting requirements to the National Center for Missing and Exploited children (NCMEC)’s CyberTipline. It replaces references of  “child pornography” in federal statutes to the more appropriate “child sexual abuse material.” 

END Child Exploitation Act

This bill increases the length of time online service providers must preserve the contents of the reports submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)’s CyberTipline from 90 days to 1 year. 

Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA)

KOSA requires covered platforms to act in the best interest of children using their services, including mitigating harms they may experience. These platforms would be required to provide child safeguards and tools to children, parents and caregivers, disclose details about their recommendation systems and targeted advertising, improve reporting from parents, children and schools and refrain from facilitating the advertisement of age-restricted products. It also requires platforms to submit annual reports that assess potential risks to children on their platforms. 

Project Safe Childhood (PSC) Act

This bill modernizes the investigation and prosecution of online child exploitation crimes. It would require federal prosecutors to coordinate with law enforcement and experts to develop training materials and strategies to rescue child victims while quickly arresting offenders. PSC would fund an additional 20 dedicated federal prosecutors at the Department of Justice and clarifies federal laws to close loopholes regarding the production of child sexual abuse materials. 

Revising Existing Procedures On Reporting Via Technology (REPORT) Act

The bill would require websites and social media platforms to report violations of federal crimes involving child sex trafficking (e.g. ads selling children for sex) and online enticement or coercion of children; increase the fine (up to $850,000) for websites and social media platforms that knowingly and willfully fail to report child sexual abuse material and online child sexual exploitation; and increase the time that websites and social media platforms are required to preserve evidence for reports that they submit to the CyberTipline, giving law enforcement more time to investigate and prosecute.

Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation And Limiting Distribution (SHIELD) Act

The SHIELD Act ensures that federal prosecutors have appropriate and effective tools to address serious privacy violations by establishing federal criminal liability for individuals who share private, sexually explicit or nude images without consent. It would fill in gaps in existing law that prevent prosecutors from holding those who share explicit images of children accountable and protect the victims of these serious privacy violations, while leaving room for sharing consensual images and images of public concerns. 

Strengthening Transparency And Obligations To Protect children Suffering From Abuse And Maltreatment (STOP CSAM) Act

The STOP CSAM Act supports victims and increases accountability and transparency for online platforms. The bill expands protections for child victims and witnesses in federal court; facilitates restitution for victims of child exploitation, human trafficking, sexual assault, and crimes of violence; and empowers victims by making it easier for them to ask technology companies to remove child sexual abuse material and related imagery from their platforms and creating an administrative penalty for failure to comply with removal request.

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