Microsoft is joining the fight against child pornography by giving software developed by Microsoft Research to Law Enforcement officials with out any cost. Microsoft is partnering with NetClean to help cops find the child abusers using Microsoftâ€™s PhotoDNA technology.
PhotoDNA is an image matching technology developed by Microsoft Research, the software creates a unique signature for a digital image, and this is compared with other digital image signatures to find the matches of the image.
Microsoft writes in a blogpost,
By arming law enforcement with this powerful technology, our goal is to help expedite investigations, limit officer exposure to the corrosive effects of viewing child rape images, and strengthen law enforcementâ€™s ability to quickly identify and rescue victims and get child abusers off the street.
The software was initially developed for use of online provides according to Microsoft, after the software is introduced Microsoft received requests from law enforcement officials globally for the use of photoDNA technology in child sexual exploitation investigations. Microsoft, Facebook and NEMEC are already using the software to find child abuse images online and to eliminate them.