The identity of a user who stores the images of child abuse on his Gmail account has been revealed by Google to the U.S police, flagging up the fact that the email of the users is being scanned for illegal activity.
The local police arrested the individual in question, a convicted sex offender in Houston Texas after contacting the Non-profit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as per the reports from KHOU 11 News.
David Nettles, the detective of Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce told the police that everything was kept inside the email. Even though he couldn’t see the information and photos, Google could.
No comment has been offered by Google on Individual cases, but previously it has said that there is no legitimate expectation of privacy when it comes to using the services.
However, this is the first time that emails have been scanned by the company for images related to child abuse.
Previously, it has been said by the company that such type of content is watched after creating a database of hashes, unique codes corresponding to the known images of abuse which allow company to look for abusive content without an examination of the image itself or keeping permanent database of abusive content.
The US tech giant also helps in funding the IWF or the Internet Watch Foundation in UK, which is engaged in proactive identification of child abuse images that can then be removed by Google from the search engine.
The Chief Legal Officer of Google, David Drummond has said previously that theres no simple technological fix to eradicate images of child abuse online. The company has given commitment of doing all possible things for stopping the distribution of such content.