Illicit Child Pornography Images Tracked Without Other Privacy Rights Invaded
The search giant Google made headlines again this week when it was announced that an individual allegedly involved in a Child Pornography exchange using the company’s Gmail product. The most notable part of this story, however, was that the suspect was caught by Gmail’s own initiative, through the matching of the purported child pornography images with known illicit images previously documented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (“NCMEC”) as violative material.
But is it an invasion of privacy for Google to scan it’s users’ Gmail message content looking for illegal (or even questionable) material?
Child Pornography Crimes as an Exception to Privacy
The answer to this question, at least for now, lies in the company’s Terms of Service (“ToS”), which clearly explain that users of the many Google services are subject to having their data read and processed. In fact, this is primarily […]