Microsoft giving police free tool to detect child porn

Microsoft giving police free tool to detect child porn

Microsoft giving police free tool to detect child porn

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM

SEATTLE – Microsoft announced Monday it is partnering with Swedish company NetClean to provide image-matching technology free to law enforcement worldwide to help them identify instances of child sexual abuse online.

Microsoft says its PhotoDNA technology “creates a unique signature for a digital image, something like a fingerprint, which can be compared with the signatures of other images to find copies of that image.”

In short, the technology allows police to more efficiently sift through the billions of images online to find new cases of child abuse that may normally go undetected.

PhotoDNA will be made available on a new version of NetClean Analyze, which is already being used for free by police agencies around the world. PhotoDNA is also being integrated into the Child Exploitation Tracking System,

Microsoft and Facebook began a similar partnership last year to detect images of child pornography online.

PhotoDNA was developed by Microsoft researchers and Dartmouth College.
 

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