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Madigan to Take Child Porn Fight to Internet Companies

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Madigan to Take Child Porn Fight to Internet Companies
Madigan to Take Child Porn Fight to Internet Companies

Child pornography prosecutions are increasing nationally and in Illinois, and they carry increasingly harsh sentences.

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In an increasing effort to fight child pornography in Illinois, Attorney General Lisa Madigan this week plans to meet with several Internet companies to ask them to adopt a technology called PhotoDNA to aid child porn investigations. 

The technology, developed by Microsoft Corp. in 2009, makes it easier to track online child-porn files and defeat the online tactics used by child pornographers to remain undetected from the authorities, reports the Chicago Sun-Times

More people than ever are being prosecuted for the possession of child pornography, with harsher sentencing, both nationally and in the state of Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that in 1995, only 500 people were prosecuted nation-wide for child pornography. The number has now reached 2,500 annually.

The push for this technology by Madigan is just part of the latest series of efforts aimed at attacking Internet child pornography. 

Just last month, a retired Illinois State Police Trooper pleaded guilty for using his department-issued laptop to browse child porn while on the job. 

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