Google Scans Email for Images of Child Abuse
SOURCE: Google now routinely examines email accounts for images of child abuse.
The breakthrough means paedophiles around the world will no longer be able to store and send vile images via email without the risk of their crimes becoming known to the authorities.The ability to monitor email accounts concerns privacy campaigners.
Details of the software emerged after a 41-year-old convicted sex offender was arrested in Texas for possession of child abuse images.
Police in the United States revealed that Google’s sophisticated search system had identified suspect material in an email sent by a man in Houston.
Child protection experts were automatically tipped off and were then able to alert the police, who swooped after requesting the user’s personal information from Google.