What is this American program that allows 48 arrests in France?

The Child Protection System was developed by the child protection association. First used by the FBI and later by 97 other countries, it allows identifying the IP addresses of those accessing child pornography content.

48 men suspected of being regular consumers of child pornography were arrested in France from last week to this Wednesday. This extensive crackdown was coordinated by the Central Office for Combating Violence Against Persons (OCRVP) with the support of local judicial police.

To identify these people, authorities use software developed by an association in the United States, first used by the FBI and then made available for free to police services in many countries.

BFMTV Me Guillaume Guegan, a lawyer specializing in cybercrime, “This program identifies images and flags them so that we receive an alert as soon as they are consulted.”

Go back to the IP address

The Child Protection System program was created by the Child Rescue Coalition, a Florida-based juvenile advocacy organization. It enables the detection of child pornography images on the Internet and the identification and geolocation of IP addresses used to consult, download or share this content.

With this information, investigators can then trace the individuals behind these IP addresses. This particularly includes contracts with Internet providers for name acquisition.

According to the Save the Children Coalition, the system can track devices even if owners move or use VPNs — virtual private networks — to hide their IP addresses.

Broward County Florida Assistant District Attorney Dennis Nicewander, who has used the software in nearly 200 cases over the past year, told NBCNews that the Child Protection System “has more impact on us than any tool ever created.” last decade.

According to the association, this technology has made it possible to arrest “more than 13,800 people” in 97 different countries.

Implementation of prevention

The information detected by the software is often not enough to proceed with the arrest. With the IP address and then the name of the owner, the police will be able to see if the consultations are massive and repeated, if this person has a crime or if he has contact with minors. In the last 48 arrests, if the profiles are different, then there are local elected officials and officials of the National Department of Education.

These arrests are also intended to determine whether those individuals are the authors of the consulted images or have already taken action by assaulting minors.

NBCNews reports that the Child Protective Services also reports some documents that are legitimate but suspect when uploaded with illegal images, such as affidavits from victims of incest.

“The Internet is a new space of freedom that we are particularly deprived of,” explains Guillaume Guegan.

The issue of cooperation with platforms

Thus, the Child Protection System offers a new tool for identifying child offenders, particularly in a deregulated environment. However, the problem of cooperation with platforms that will make the system even more efficient remains.

The Save the Children Coalition specifically wants to cross-reference its data with data from other sites to improve its ability to detect pedagogic offenders. “A lot of these platforms have a huge problem with users engaging in questionable activity that isn’t criminal,” says Carly Yoost, director of the Save the Children Coalition.

“If they match their users’ data with ours, it may alert their security teams to look more closely at some of their users,” he continues.

However, some experts or libertarian groups have expressed concern about the mass surveillance that this technology makes possible.

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