AG Cuomo unveils online child porn tracking system

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced today the creation of a "hash mark database," a collection of digital numbers attached to every online photo aimed at keeping child pornography off social networking sites.

Speaking at Jericho High School, Cuomo explained that every time a photo is e-mailed, the server reads its digital number, or "hash mark," and if it's known child pornography, it would be blocked.

Social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, LiveJournal and Fotolog have agreed to run Cuomo's database against all images on their servers and delete those whose digital numbers match up.

So far, the state database has the digital numbers for 8,000 photos. However, every time a photo is cropped or changed, it would need to be flagged again.

For AG Cuomo's press conference announcing online child porn tracking system, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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