New UK phone software attempts to track online paedophiles

This morning BBC Breakfast news announced a Child Defence App for smartphones, which is designed to try to spot paedophiles pretending to be children when chatting online. The expert interviewed was a former police officer that posed as a child himself to try to detect outright offenders who didn’t pretend, but the impact of this software on that type of undercover work wasn’t discussed in the time available.

The general detail is here in the Daily Mail with added notes from the BBC here. If the BBC link ever fails, you can also search on Child Defence App on the front page, and it’s due for release in a week’s time at the end of the month.


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