Google shares info on suspected pedophiles

Yes, Google will share account information with Brazilian authorities on suspected pedophiles.

It wasn't immediately clear from Thursday's reports, but Google will indeed share information from its Orkut social-networking site with Brazilian authorities trying to deal with suspected pedophiles.

On Wednesday, the Brazilian Senate ordered Google to share information on 3,261 suspected pedophiles , information Google had refused to share earlier. No more.

"Google Brazil is legally obligated to comply with this order, and it is Google's policy to comply with valid judicial process," spokeswoman Sara Jew-lim said in a statement Friday.

Google already had tools in place to allow users to flag potentially illegal content, and it's now adding a filter "with the goal of blocking pornographic pictures when someone tries to upload them, so that these pictures will not be posted," she said.

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