Tool to Help Catch Child Abusers

Thanks to law enforcement agency work on a cloud-based archive of abuse material, victims of child abuse online could soon be identified quicker than normal.

The database has been created to help investigators cope with the vast amount of images abusers typically amass.

Forces in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are helping to test the database.

Work on the project is being conducted by the US Department of Homeland Security and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

According to James Cole, national programme manager at Homeland Security, the project came about from realisation that there was a huge duplication among those investigating abusers, and the material they trade.

"We have issues with deconflicting investigations and also big issues with the amount of data that we are seizing."

"The idea is to allow law enforcement to run data against hash sets that are immediately available through cloud services. They can interrogate that data in real time and know a lot of things about it very quickly."

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