Sources: KHOU, Business Insider
quote: First off, you have no right to privacy from Google. You signed up for a free service and Google's ToS are clear in that your data can and will be scanned.As far as I'm concerned Google did nothing wrong
quote: First off, you have no right to privacy from Google. You signed up for a free service and Google's ToS are clear in that your data can and will be scanned. If you want private email then pay for a private service or run your own. As far as I'm concerned Google did nothing wrong and the world just got a little less disgustin
quote: Since 2008, we’ve used 'hashing' technology to tag known child sexual abuse images, allowing us to identify duplicate images which may exist elsewhere. ...
quote: On the other, debate rages about how much privacy users can expect when using Google's services like email. In a word: none. A year ago, in a court brief, Google said as much. Then, in April, after a class-action case against Google for email scanning fell apart, Google updated its terms of service to warn people that it was automatically analyzing emails. Online service providers like Google are required under federal and many states’ laws to report child pornography when they find it, attorney Chris Jay Hoofnagle, director of information privacy programs at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology tells Business Insider.However they are under no obligation to go out and look for it, Hoofnagle says. "But if you look and you see it, you have to report."Sadly all Internet companies have to deal with child sexual abuse. It’s why Google actively removes illegal imagery from our services -- including search and Gmail -- and immediately reports abuse to NCMEC. This evidence is regularly used to convict criminals. Each child sexual abuse image is given a unique digital fingerprint which enables our systems to identify those pictures, including in Gmail. It is important to remember that we only use this technology to identify child sexual abuse imagery, not other email content that could be associated with criminal activity (for example using email to plot a burglary).
quote: Months ago, Google Inc. (GOOG) acknowledged in a widely reported, carefully worded statement that it did scan the content of users' emails and uploaded files with scripts to develop profiles with which to better advertise to them.
quote: There are so many scary unanswered questions here, it's, well, scary.What if someone uses Tor to send me child porn... in an effort to go 'swatting' and have people frivolously arrested?
quote: What if someone puts a gun in your hand while you sleep, then goes out and shoots someone with gloves on, on the one night your wife is visiting her parents for the evening with your kid and you have no alibi?
quote: What happens if someone goes to the library and brings a thumbdrive with child porn, and sends me an email from one of those 10 minute spam email sites with "here's the pics you asked for" just because he doesn't like me. Am I suddenly marked as a child predator because google flagged my account for child porn and reported me to the authorities? And the email clearly indicates I wanted it, right? I mean, a child predator certainly would never get caught and have the forethought to say "it wasn't mine"
quote: Aren't you one of those who objects to giving up freedom and privacy for the sake of children?
quote: Google is PROTECTING privacy and freedom by taking these kinds of creepers down...
quote: You know what, just shut up.
quote: Whatever point you think you were trying to make, it's not worth it.
quote: The email scanning they do IS in invasion of privacy.
quote: But it seems you missed my point entirely.
quote: Actually, you're the only one who used that wording. You're therefore the only one here who made that assertion.
quote: this is the same argument used by people like the NSA to "protect our freedom" by collecting huge stockpiles of information to help identify the "bad people who threaten it."
quote: The latter half of the sentence was just an example of where the NSA used said excuse, not a comparison to Google at all
quote: C'mon man.... I'm all for privacy, but Google is doing its best to weigh these issues and only alert authorities in cases of clear guilt. What do you expect it to do?
quote: Do you really think it won't raise a red flag to only be on the receiving end of the child pornography?
quote: Microsoft is in court fighting to gain us privacy rights because they were shamed.
quote: Is the traditional boot in the door of all invasions. Microsoft is in court fighting to gain us privacy rights because they were shamed. Lets keep shaming.
quote: they may be help liable when child porn does get through.
quote: I think they would be better off doing like Blackberry and saying