A U.S. Senate panel has unanimously approved a bill that would encourage federal, state, and local police to use and create special software designed to nab child pornography swappers on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, CNET reports. The Senate Judiciary Committee on May 15 voted to send an amended version of the Combating Child Exploitation Act, chiefly sponsored by Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., to the full slate of politicians for a vote. All told, the bill would allocate more than $1 billion over the next eight years for a broad array of efforts aimed at tackling internet crimes against children. It calls for hiring 250 new federal agents at the FBI, the Immigrations and Custom Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. Postal Service dedicated to child exploitation cases; for beefing up personnel, equipment, and educational programs designed to combat internet crimes against children; and for creating new forensics laboratories if the attorney general deems it necessary to deal with a "backlog" of online child exploitation cases. "We need to give law enforcement the funds and the tools to pull the plug on internet predators," Biden said in a statement…

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