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Microsoft tips American authorities about Canadian user downloading child porn


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#1 Aura

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:54 PM

The article is in French, but here's the translation of the two relevant parts to this subject.
 
Microsoft first sounded the alarm in January 2013, denouncing to the US authorities a Canadian user who had downloaded images of child pornography amongst which children and adults were involved in sexual acts.
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On the computer of the user, 40 years old, they found the images behind the denunciation of Microsoft from a "few hundreds" of photos of the same ilk , testified in court Detective Sergeant Nick Carfagnini .
To sum it up, Microsoft tipped the American authorities in 2013 that a user downloaded pornographic content involving kids and adults.

Source (in French): http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2016/01/19/laval-bambin-de-3-ans-utilise-comme-jouet-sexuel-par-sa-mere

Now, this brings back the whole debate with Microsoft, Privacy, etc. However, it doesn't state how Microsoft was notified of the nature of these photos. Also, the important point here is that Microsoft came across these in 2013, which was way before the Windows 10 Technical Preview (which means everything about the Microsoft, Telemetry, Privacy, etc. scandal isn't really valid here).

The kind of data Microsoft had access to back then, in 2013, helped to save a young life and send pedophiles to court where they'll be judged for their acts. What do you think of that? We don't know how Microsoft flagged these pictures, nor how they got them (but it was probably because the user downloaded them through one of their services). Is it justifiable for Microsoft to use their access to users' data like that? Or is it a violation of privacy?

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 05:04 PM

The concern is that you cant just do this to every user, after all not everyone is a child pornographer, terrorist or criminal.

While yes I do like the idea of Microsoft helping out in this front, trust me its a good thing BUT and thats a big but there it doesnt mean Microsoft should have free reign 


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