Photo DNA is an innovative technology, developed by Microsoft, that compiles a digital signature of images (or a “fingerprint”), which can be matched against a database of known child-pornography images, thus significantly reducing the time law enforcement officers spend viewing these images to determine if the child victims have already been identified or are currently at-risk.
Needless to say, child pornography is a serious issue across the globe. Many countries have strict laws against child pornography, which oftentimes includes severe punishments. Child pornography exploits children. In some cases these images are produced during an actual sexual assault of a child, in other cases the images are created through a simulated encounter. Either way, this is illegal. Child pornography laws state that even simulated images are considered to be child sexual abuse.