Canon has announced the release of a system to verify that digital images have not been altered, tampered with or manipulated in any way. The DVK-E2 data verification kit will allow users of Canon's EOS-1Ds and new EOS-1D Mark II digital SLRs to verify the originality of their digital photographs.

Recent well-publicised cases have involved allegations of image-tampering in news reporting. Infamously, Reuters asked the Daily Mail for an explanation of their apparent tampering with images of Michael Jackson with his children at a zoo.

The DVD-E2, a dedicated secure mobile card reader/writer with verification software, will allow news agencies, newspapers and law enforcement agencies to validate any printed image against the un-manipulated original. The kit will be available in April, at a price yet to be confirmed.