Related News: Gmail spots child porn, resulting in arrest

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A 41-year-old Houston man was arrested on suspicion of child pornography charges in an investigation founded on a tip that Google sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“They got a tip, basically Gmail,” detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force told a local news broadcast last week.

The defendant, John Skillern, was being held on $200,000 bond and is a registered sex offender connected to a 20-year-old sexual assault on a young boy.

Google publicly promised last year to help crack down on online child pornography. Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, said in November 2013 that Google “put more than 200 people to work developing new, state-of-the-art technology to tackle the problem.”

Source: Ars Technica

Related News: Lawsuit alleging Gmail ads are “wiretapping” gets judge’s OK

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It’s widely understood that the ads Google puts in Gmail are based on the content of e-mails. The millions of Gmail users presumably accept the company’s promise that “no humans read your e-mail.”

Despite that, a lawsuit claiming that Google’s practice violates pre-Internet anti-wiretapping laws will be going forward. Lawyers representing non-Gmail users of various stripes in a class-action lawsuit say their clients never agreed to have their e-mails intercepted and scanned by Google. They argue that Google’s “interception” of those e-mails violates federal anti-wiretapping laws and state privacy laws. And today, US District Judge Lucy Koh agreed with them, refusing to grant Google’s motion to dismiss the case.

Source: Ars Technica