Wednesday 2nd of June 2021
Taskforce to help stop child sexual abuse images being shared online using ‘digital fingerprints’
- A new task force will take “digital fingerprints” of child sexual abuse images in a bid to stop them being shared online.
- Analysts will assess, hash and grade two million images from the UK government’s Child Abuse Database (CAID) by creating a unique code like a digital fingerprint.
- The illegal images comprise category A and B material – the most severe images and videos of child sexual abuse.
- The task force was set up by UK charity the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and is funded through a grant from international child protection organisation Thorn.
- IWF will distribute the hashes to tech companies across the globe so they can be blocked or removed if users try to share the images.
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