05 October 2010

UK - Online child protection chief Jim Gamble resigns

The chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has resigned in a row over its future. The Home Office confirmed Theresa May had accepted Jim Gamble's resignation. Mr Gamble said he did not believe the decision to assimilate Ceop into the National Crime Agency was in the best interests of children and young people. see also Profile: Jim Gamble and May under pressure over child protection agency plans (BBC), Government blamed for resignation of online child protection chief (Guardian, Internet firms welcome CEOP chief's exit (The Register) and Ceop chief Jim Gamble steps down (Guardian). While Gamble was seen as a ferocious deterrent to predatory sexual behaviour online, his combative style was problematic for many of the industry figures he needed to negotiate with, and led to needlessly protracted wrangling with Facebook, for one, over his insistence that the Ceop logo and link be added to every page on the site.