Technical directors for the NCSC, Ian Levy, and GCHQ, Crispin Robinson, have said client-side scanning technology that checks and removes child sexual abuse and exploitation content (CSAE) could protect children and privacy at the same time. Messaging apps should implement the technology that scans smartphones and other mobile devices for child abuse imagery. In a discussion paper, they wrote: "We've found no reason why client-side scanning techniques cannot be implemented safely in many of the situations one will encounter."
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