Verizon scans customers accounts for child porn

August 14, 2014

verizon-nsa MikeChurch

Last week, we learned that Microsoft, Google and Facebook all had internal scanning technology which allowed the companies to find child pornography on customers accounts. Now, we find out that (from The Smoking Gun) Verizon also is admitting the same thing.

In a U.S. District Court filing made last week, Verizon has admitted to scanning customer’s accounts for evidence of child pornography via software that relies on a “hash database of such images.”

This filing was made in reference to the prosecution of a California man who is being prosecuted for possessing and receiving child pornography. The man was caught by Verizon who “detected a customer attempting to upload an illicit image using the firm’s V CAST service.”

Verizon then submitted a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who in turn contacted law enforcement.

The filing can be found here.

Comments

  • leviwhite9

    Good. No sympathy for these type of people.

  • MasterMuffin

    But how did they get that hash database? ;)

    “customers accounts” :)

  • flonker

    This is not a good precedent to set. At all.

    For now it’s just catching child pornographers and we can all cheer and say, “Good.” Because child pornographers are bad. However, by doing so we are also saying that we’re okay with corporations actively searching our information for specific flags and then turning that information over to the government. This allows the government to no longer need things like warrants or probable cause. Also, all of these companies that have announced this initiative, have received billions of dollars in government contracts. Verizon, the company this article is about, received a large sum of money to upgrade infrastructure and didn’t adhere to the terms of the deal, essentially running away with billions of taxpayer dollars for the benefit of Verizon. So… You have companies giving the government our information, and our government giving those companies our money. What a great deal. Just don’t be surprised when Verizon is sending a notice to your local police station saying the GPS on your phone suggests you were speeding on your way to work this morning. The ticket’s in the mail.

    • DarxideGarrison

      That’s a good point.

  • DarxideGarrison

    I agree with flonker. And next thing you know police will be knocking at your door because your service provider GPS just happens to place you at location during a crime

    • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

      That could never happen unless we all carried around trackers the government had access to… Oh wait I mean

  • Oculus Dar

    Let’s get one thing straight. All of this hysteria generated over so called child pornography is pure nonsense. The fact of the matter is PICTURES ARE JUST PICTURES! There is nothing unlawful in possession of or looking at PICTURES! Photographs are inanimate objects consisting of colors on a page, pixels on a screen. Photographs are ILLUSIONS. Photographs are not REAL people. This is insanity! Delusion! An image of a person is NOT A PERSON! This is a simple FACT! Why is it so difficult for people to understand this FACT? If an image depicts a person being raped…then, at best, the picture is evidence of a REAL crime, assuming that the person depicted in the photo is actually being RAPED. The picture is NOT the crime. Simple nudity is not unlawful, no matter the age of the person DEPICTED in the ILLUSIONAL image. Now, please, use your brain. Don’t argue with me over this FACT. If a photograph shows a crime being committed [RAPE] then that photograph might be evidence of that crime being committed, but the photograph itself is NOT a crime. Thus, possession of that photograph cannot be criminal! You may be held responsible for failure to report a crime [RAPE] if in fact the photo shows an actual rape [REAL crime] being committed, but you are NOT a criminal for simply looking at it or possessing it. This is True and indisputable FACT!

    • adamhs

      Translation: you’re a pedophile in possession of child pornography. I hope the NSA is reading this!

      • Oculus Dar

        You are an illiterate fool. Piss off.

        • David

          There is a reason why people have those pictures. The reason is why it is crime. Good for Verizon. Let’s destroy the market that leads to children being tormented.

        • Richard Davila

          Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

      • Woe of [S]unjΔy

        The NSA already knows, they most likely have a backup of everyone’s hard drive.

      • Richard Davila

        Outstanding!!!!!!!!!

    • Jerry Rich

      I haven’t read anything this stupid in a long time if ever. Hey moron, good luck with your theory on photographs being illusions. Take a picture of yourself and prove to me that you’re an illusion. It’s not really worth my time to further explain reality to a freak like you. As you said, “Piss off!”

      • Oculus Dar

        Truth is truth. Fact is fact. Words mean what they mean. I’m not an illusion. Didn’t say any such thing. Obviously you are incapable of understanding English. I am a professional Artist and an expert in linguistics. I am an experienced legal advocate in matters relating to images, photographic illusions, and the Principles of Freedom. I have spend nearly 6 decades eXpressing Truth by way of Logic to ungrateful asswhips like you.

        • Jerry Rich

          Yeah, I could tell you are a legend in your own mind. If you spent 60 years “eXpressing Truth by way of Logic”, I’d say you wasted those 60 years. Do the world a favor and crawl back into that hole you came out of.

    • Richard Davila

      Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

      • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

        Lol, I don’t think he’s getting it

    • Anthony_

      Although i agree with you,You make it seem ok to view these pictures. Unfortunately that not how our society runs.

      • Oculus Dar

        By “these pictures” I assume you mean the Art of Sally Mann, David Hamilton, Jock Sturges, Dar Maklon, and many others as far back as the ancients. Of course it’s okay to “look” at anything the eye can see. Looking is not a crime, SEEing is not unlawful. Why is it so hard to understand this simple concept? Pictures are just fucking PICTURES! Pictures are not PEOPLE! They are inanimate objects of illusion. Illusions of color on a page or pixels on a screen. What you SEE when you look at a picture is NOT A HUMAN BEING. The unfortunate thing is the hysteria that causes weak-minded people to go insane, become delusional and a dangerous mob of crazies. A civilized people do not burn imaginary witches!

  • Karly Johnston

    Im pretty sure any info protected by a password is protected by the 4th Amendment.

    • J2

      4th amendment would cover unreasonable search and seizure. Except we gave up that freedom and all others when we decided to believe the propaganda spewed forth by the United States government on the days, weeks, and months following 9-11. The constitution is hanging on by a thread in this country. Just the way uncle Sam likes it these days

      • Karly Johnston

        Unless the user agreement you sign with Verizon allows them to look through your protected material… which it doesn’t… then they must have a warrant. This will be get him off at trial.