Wednesday, October 16, 2019

US prosecutors charge major c.p. operator in South Korea and many of his "customers"; many more images will be catalogued for automatic detection

NBC reports, in a story by Cyrus Farivar and Andrew Blankstein, that the United States attorneys have filed multiple charges against an operator of a large child pornography underground site on the dark web, apparently from South Korea, where the person is already jailed, story. The site has been shut down in March 2018.
300 suspects were arrested for possession in South Korea, as well as other countries, as well as one person in Washington DC with an unprecedented “collection”.

The site had told users not to upload “adult porn”, which would seem to have a double meaning.
The NCMEC in Alexandria, VA reports that a large number of new images will be catalogued and watermarked for automatic detection by servers (as Google checks gmail attachments).  It would sound plausible in the future that cloud backups could be checked.  That’s a concern (that they could be checked for a lot of things) raised in Edward Snowden’s new book “Permanent Record” which I will review soon.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

UK passes and starts enforcing its own version of COPA(!)

The UK (Britain) has passed a law similar to the United States old and overturned (in 2007) Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which was effective on Monday, July 15, 2019, according to this source called UKOM, link.
Users must present some sort of identification before signing on to “porn sites”.  It is unclear from the article what would define a site as adult, as we know from the COPA trial that the ambiguities tore down the law.
The article goes on to examine the obvious differences between male and female porn interests.
Another related question would be how a user who views a porn video made outside the US, UK, Canada, Australia, or other western countries, would know that the actors were over 18 when the video was made (because the image might exist in a cache on his computer).  There is also an interesting question that since, recently, acting agencies don’t want to see ages on resumes (because of age discrimination), how they comply with US law on age verification for adult content. That refers to the Child Protection and EnforcementAct of 1988 and the 2257 record-keeping regulations, apparently still in force.  This issue may be looked at in further posts.