Thursday, March 24, 2011
Social networking encryption, and legal technicalities make it easier for real criminals against children to hide; "members only" clubs encourage more crime
The Washington Post ran a disturbing story on p. A3 Thursday, March 24, about the use of “members only” rings by purveyors of c.p., and their use of encryption of major social networking sites to hide from authorities. People have to send samples to join, encouraging family abuse. Authorities may not legally set up stings with illegal material, because that would break the law itself. (This is different from setting up stings as on NBC’s notorious series with Chris Hansen.)
The story is authored by Shankar Vedantam, with link here.
The details are difficult to describe in space like this, but the story is significant.