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Italy Adopts Microsoft Anti-Child Pornography Software

Reuters News Wire (
Mon, 16 Oct 2006 13:37:03 -0500

Italy became the first European country to adopt a Microsoft system
for combating child pornography on the Internet, something the
government and the computer firm believe the whole continent is set to
take up.

At a news conference on Monday, the Italian police's special
communications unit said the Child Exploitation Tracking System
(CETS), which is already in use in Canada and Indonesia, will speed up
its investigations into Web pornography by 80 percent.

"In substance, we want to oppose pedophile rings with an international
network of cyber-police," said the head of the police postal and
communications squad, Domenico Vulpiani.

Microsoft developed the system after a Canadian police officer working
in the field wrote to the company for help in what investigators say
is a constantly increasing field of crime which preys on young users
of the Internet.

A spokesman for the software giant said Britain and Spain were likely
to adopt the system -- a database to help investigators sift through
suspect Web site and electronic communications -- in the coming months
and that five other European countries were not far behind.

Microsoft has spent $7 million developing the system and is giving it
free-of-charge to governments.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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