Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Maryland state police use automated tools to detect people making illegal c.p. downloads, Eastern Shore case


Maryland State police arrested a 30-year-old man in Caroline County, on the Eastern Shore, for possession and distribution of child pornography.  What seems remarkable is that the arrest apparently followed automated detection of downloads of illegal material by the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This detection might have looked for digital watermarks of known images.

Reports like this are becoming more common.  It might be possible to happen through misuse of someone else’s router (like if living with someone) which makes the legal responsibility even murkier, maybe dependent on state law.
 
The WJLA story May 6 is here.

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