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Google Attempts To Justify Looking At Your Email Attachments — Blows Whistle On Man Emailing Child Porn

Last year, a Google director said it was Google's role to see that people sharing certain types of content are caught and prosecuted.

By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's controversial practice of scanning emails and analyzing users' emails for targeted ads reportedly led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Houston man who has been charged with possessing and promoting child pornography.

According to a local TV station news report, Google detected a Houston man using Gmail allegedly to send explicit images of a "young girl" to his friend.

The Mountain View, Calif., tech giant reportedly alerted the authorities, who then allegedly found more child pornography on the suspect's phone and tablet after obtaining a search warrant, KHOU reported.

The suspect, identified as John Henry Skillern, is being held on a $200,000 bond, according to the TV report, which said Skillern is a registered sex offender.

The practice of Google scanning Gmail messages has been controversial and has led to lawsuits that have accused Google of illegally opening and reading emails in violation of federal wiretapping statutes.

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