Microsoft adds 'one-click' sex offender report tool

by admin August 21, 2006 at 9:10 am

Young people using Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger to chat online with friends can now makes a report to police with one click if they are concerned their online ‘buddy’ is a sex offender.

Microsoft has partnered with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú the UK’s first dedicated organisation focused on tackling child sex abuse ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú to introduce the safety element to the UK’s most popular instant messenger product.

The move sees the incorporation of a new Messenger tab and features the CEOP Centre’s distinctive ?¢‚Ǩ?ìreport abuse?¢‚Ǩ¬ù icon which links users in the UK directly to online police services. This allows young people and adults to report suspicious behaviour and instances of inappropriate contact of a sexual nature they have encountered whilst chatting in the virtual environment.

Also, through the icon and link to the CEOP web site, people from anywhere in the world can access the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú an international alliance of law enforcement agencies ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú of which the CEOP Centre is the UK’s representative.

Full story: Web User