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Microsoft Puts Police Link on Messenger 253

SirClicksalot writes "Microsoft is working together with the UK Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre to help protect Windows Live Messenger Users. UK users will be able to report suspected sexual predators directly to the police. From the article: 'Microsoft will add a "report abuse" icon to Messenger that will link any users worried about their anonymous internet buddies directly to online police services. Set up earlier this year to provide a single point of contact for the public, law enforcers and the communications industry to report the targeting of children online, CEOP offers advice and information to parents and potential victims of abuse and works with police forces around the world to protect children.'"
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Microsoft Puts Police Link on Messenger

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  • Re:abuse (Score:5, Informative)

    by 56ker ( 566853 ) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @05:30PM (#15965714) Homepage Journal
    IANAL but,:-

    Wasting police time - section 5(2) Criminal Law Act 1967

    (Archbold 28-224)

    The offence of wasting police time is committed when a person

            * causes any wasteful employment of the police by
            * knowingly making to any person a false report orally or in writing tending to:
            * show that an offence has been committed; or,
            * give rise to apprehension for the safety of any persons or property; or,
            * show that he has information material to any police inquiry.

    It is a summary only offence carrying a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment and/or a level 4 fine.

    The public interest will favour a prosecution in any one of the following circumstances:-

            * police resources have been diverted for a significant period (for example 10 hours);
            * a substantial cost is incurred, for example a police helicopter is used or an expensive scientific examination undertaken;
            * when the false report is particularly grave or malicious;
            * considerable distress is caused to a person by the report;
            * the accused knew, or ought to have known, that police resources were under particular strain or diverted from a particularly serious inquiry;
            * there is significant premeditation in the making of the report;
            * the report is persisted in, particularly in the face of challenge.


    Just in case you were wondering a level 4 fine is £2500.

    That's from the Crown Prosecution Service's website. []
  • Re:abuse (Score:3, Informative)

    by Ruff_ilb ( 769396 ) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @05:33PM (#15965734) Homepage
    Yes, there is a law called just that -

    Section :5
    Sub-Section :2
    Act :Criminal Law Act 1967
    Subject :Wasting Police Time Or Giving False Report
    It is an offence to waste Police Time or to give a false report.

    Fixed Penalty Amount :80.00
    Method of Trial :Summarily e8496940e5e380256ba8006061d3/b14a0b225311b86e80256 db300697bbc!OpenDocument []
  • by legoburner ( 702695 ) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @05:41PM (#15965800) Homepage Journal
    just in case this term has not made it across the pond yet, grooming in that context means preparing someone for an adult relationship - eg; convincing them that they want to try something which they otherwise would not have.
  • Re:abuse (Score:5, Informative)

    by ari{Dal} ( 68669 ) on Wednesday August 23, 2006 @06:27PM (#15966091)
    Charges for filing false police reports are all fine and good, but how much do you think that's going to mitigate circumstances?


    "Headline news: Alleged pedophile Joe Sixpack arrested and detained after revolutionary new feature in MSN allows users to report for soliciting sex from underaged kids."

    Two months later, page 38, buried somewhere beneath an ad for preperation H: "Joe Sixpack acquitted of all charges. Fanny Jones arrested for filing a false police report."

    Once you're accused of being a pedophile, the damage is already done.
  • by Baloo Ursidae ( 29355 ) <> on Thursday August 24, 2006 @02:22AM (#15967892) Journal
    Shows everybody the e-mail address I registered with; whee!

    And for the vast majority of users, so does Jabber. It obsoleted the commercial IM systems when that open standard was ratified last summer. The user@host format for referring to specific users isn't going away any time soon.

    Likewise, you have to give someone your email address to ever receive email, and if you do that, any and all munging is rendered permanently and irrevokably useless []. Get over yourself. Email addresses aren't private, please stop pretending and convincing other people otherwise. You're just giving yourself and other false hope and slowing down the rest of humanity's fight against spam, you stupid douche.

    If you're so concerned your email address getting revealed, it really is time to pack up your computer back in the box it came in and send it back to the OEM for a refund.

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