Photo Sharing


December 2, 2011

Photographs parents have taken to preserve childhood memories are sometimes getting into the hands of those who exploit children.


Audio Transcript

Mollie Halpern: Photographs parents have taken to preserve childhood memories—like their children playing on the beach—are sometimes getting into the hands of those who exploit children.

I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week.

The FBI is seeing these innocent images misused and manipulated once they are uploaded to photo-sharing and social networking websites. Kevin Gutfleish, unit chief of the Innocent Images Intelligence Unit, says he sees cases where pedophiles are…

Kevin Gutfleish: …taking those photos, unbeknownst to the people who put them online, and using them as part of their child pornography collections.

Halpern: To prevent photos from being used inappropriately…

Gutfleish: …use the security protocols that are in place by these sites. Most of these sites have security protocols available that allow you to restrict access to just those who you intend to share with.

Halpern: Once a photo, video, or any file is on the Internet, it can remain there forever.

Gutfleish: You lose complete control once it’s uploaded.

Halpern: To learn about the FBI’s initiatives against child exploitation, visit www.fbi.gov.

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