Member states have to address new forms of online crimes such as
revenge porn and sexual extortion by fully implementing the 2011 directive on
combating sexual abuse of children. This is needed to guarantee the permanent deletion
of illegal materials, and the EP’s Civil Liberties Committee voted for its implementation by a 46-1 margin. MEPs want to
ensure better cross-border cooperation in the exchange of information on
sex offenders and enhanced cooperation to combat trafficking and child smuggling. Following the LIBE vote, the text will now be sent to the plenary for
debate and a final vote.