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The DOJ is Dropping Child Porn Cases in Order to Conceal Information About Its Surveillance Systems

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The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the charges.

As a result, potentially innocent people are being smeared as pedophiles and prosecuted as child porn collectors, while potentially guilty people are going free so these companies can protect “trade secrets.”

An investigation found more than a dozen cases since 2011 that were dismissed either because of challenges to the software’s findings, or the refusal by the government or the maker to share the computer programs with defense attorneys, or both.

The situation suggests some of the many problems that can arise around public-private partnerships in catching criminals and the secretive digital surveillance software that it entails.

Curated from Reason

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