Internet search-giant Google says it is launching a program to "fingerprint" millions of child pornography and abuse images floating in cyberspace as a way of attempting to permanently eradicate them.
Google has used “hashing” technology since 2008 to tag images of child sex abuse and help identify duplicates. That process creates a unique ID used to track the images without having to have anyone view them. But Google said on its official blog over the weekend that it is implementing a new technology that will allow it to encrypt “fingerprints” of the child abuse images.
The "fingerprinting" is part of a $5 million program that will enable corporations, law enforcement agencies and charities to detect and remove the images, as well as track those producing and sharing the images, Google said.
“We’re in the business of making information widely available, but there’s certain “information” that should never be created or found,” Jacquelline Fuller, the director of Google Giving, said in a blog post. “We can do a lot to ensure it’s not available online—and that when people try to share this disgusting content they are caught and prosecuted.”