Like Google, Microsoft Scans Accounts for Illegal Images

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pills161

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@amk, oh brother take your tinfoil hat off already. Glad they are doing this, your pirated software and other "harmful" things are worth a CP bust.
 

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Today CP, tomorrow pirated content, then anything deemed unsafe by the government. Still think cloud storage is a good idea?
So, you'd prefer that these sickos are left to harm children? I have no issue at all with MS and Google scanning my uploaded files and e-mail, if it gets pedophiles off the streets and into prisons where they belong....
 

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This is not as invasive as I thought it was. We should all relax a bit. The system has certain photos already stored, that are deemed CP by the law enforcment agencies. It's not like there is someone at Microsoft looking at all of your photos. It's just like doing a checksum. If one of the photos that passes through the system matches one of the CP flags, the bells will ring. It's like the airports. People grabbing you all over with no valid reason is bad, but going through a metal detector is not that invasive. You know beforehand that metal objects will not go through. Or think of it like a drug sniffing dog. I don't mind it, nobody opens my bags and if there is a chance one of the passengers is carrying drugs, then by all means sniff away!
 

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I don't want the privacy of people (and mine) to be invaded even for a nuclear threat. I need my safety, but I want my privacy. Finding the right balance is hard. Right now, though, privacy invasion is getting out of hand. Maybe it will get better in the future, but surely it won't if we, the ones giving up freedom for security, don't do something about it.
 

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Boo hoo to all those moaning about Microsoft and Google "invading your privacy". Firstly it's a free service they offer and two it's clearly stated in the T&C's that they can do this which all their clients agreed to when they signed up for the FREE service.

It should also go without saying that there is no excuse for viewing child pornography, its disgusting and those who do it should be castrated and kept out of main stream society.

If your really concerned about your privacy sign up for a paid or alternative service were you privacy is protected from provided.
 
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One of Microsoft's arguments against using gmail was that google scanned your emails, and microsoft doesn't (scroogled). That argument is now invalid.

While I like what they have done, it's a slippery slope. Like Norton deleting .exe that it can't find in it's database. It's not a virus, dummy, it's a software my friend made. Eventually I could see microsoft or google deleting those emails "for your safety". Goodbye all indie content.
 

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It is kind of odd that Google explained that plotting burglary is ok and won't be detected.... They really want burglars to use their software...
 

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Have no problem with it, all they are going to find that I like is Gaming and Porn :) Whats the deal? I understand it could go to far but then don't use G-Mail or Google.

@Virtualban

If a nuclear bomb lands near you and makes you die of cancer then maybe you might change your mind.
 

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@ Andy Chow

This has nothing to doo with the "Scroogled" argument. What Google does there, is actually scan the text of your e-mails to serve you ads. Again, this is not something MS or Google are doing, it's a system used by International law enforcment agencies. And again, it's only as invasive as going through a metal detector or having a dog sniff baggage for drugs or explosives. Noone sees what's in your email, noone reads it, noone gets your attachments. The images are already flagged by the FBI, Interpol or whoever else. The "alarm" only goes off when there is actually a CP image attached. If you ask me, it's the lest invasive security measure I've heard of in years.
 
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