Microsoft gives cops tools to detect child porn
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 20/03/2012 15:02
Microsoft is giving law enforcement PhotoDNA, a digital tool that sifts through massive amounts of online images to help identify instances of child pornography and rescue victims.
The software giant announced this morning that it, along with NetClean, a Swedish maker of technology to combat the spread of child porn, will give away the image-matching software to help law enforcement agencies detect new images of child abuse online. That then helps those agencies focus their efforts on tracking down abusers.
Microsoft gives photo-matching tech to cops to fight child pornography
Microsoft and NetClean, a software company focused on tools for stopping the spread of child pornography online, have announced that they are partnering to give law enforcement agencies access to Microsoft's PhotoDNA image-matching technology at no cost to help in the investigation of child sex abuse cases. The software can be used to comb through collections of digital images to identify copies of known child porn images, speeding up the forensics work of investigators.
New digital technology used like fingerprints to track child porn images
State and federal police will begin using sophisticated image-matching software to tag and track child pornographic images in an attempt to reduce their distribution across the internet.
The technology, developed by computer giant Microsoft's research group along with scientists from Dartmouth College, creates a unique signature on a digital image that could be compared with the signature of other images to determine if they were copies.