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Technology an enemy for law enforcement when fighting child exploitation

4 years ago September 06, 2011 Sep 6, 2011 Tuesday, September 06 2011 Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:48:18 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  Law enforcement, and those that defend accused law breakers, say technology is against their efforts in child exploitation cases.

Law enforcement says new ways to mask a person's true identity online, or a way to track that down, is not only standing in their way of catching offenders, but often times routing agencies to innocent bystanders.  The creation of animated child pornography is also a challenge for law enforcement because courts have ruled against it being considered a crime, unless authorities can prove it depicts an actual child or recorded video.

And defense attorneys say their jobs have gotten tougher too.  Unprotected wireless servers, or even simple search terms, can lead people to become targets for law enforcement and not know it until officers come knocking.

Authorities say because of the technology twists, they have to stay on their toes through training.

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