Daily Archives: August 9, 2014


John Hawes writes on the Sophos Naked Security website reports that Google has revealed the identity of a Gmail account to authorities in Houston, Texas, USA after finding child abuse images in e-mails. Google scans Gmail user’s e-mails to provide amongst other things targeted advertising; however, this is the first time that there has been a report of Google scanning e-mails for criminal activity. The revelation raises concerns about privacy of e-mails and extent to which Google is involved in supplying information to Governments. A later report on the BBC news website states that the BBC understands that Google does not scan e-mails for other types of criminal activity. However, the very fact that Google could at some future date scan e-mails for other types of content, illegal or otherwise is a concern as what procedures and safeguards are in place is not clear. Subsequent to the Google story breaking […]

Google Spots Child Abuse Images in Gmail Users e-mails