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Google searches customer emails for child porn images and hands them over to law enforcement agencies (video)

By Mason White 11:40 AM August 6, 2014
John Henry Skillern 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) Google announced that it searches its customers’ email accounts for child porn images and hands them over to relevant law enforcement agencies.

A man of Texas, discovered the hard way that Google is legally required to scan emails for suspected child porn images after being arrested.

The company had notified the police about the presence of child pornography in his Gmail account.

41-year-old John Henry Skillern of Houston, was arrested for possession and promotion of child pornography on Thursday, after Google notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the images.

Google detected the explicit images of a young girl in an email that was sent to a friend, police said. Skillern has a history of child abuse.

He is a registered sex offender after being convicted of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl. Google is required to hand over child porn images to the police.

The law requires providers of electronic communications services and providers of remote computing services to be on the lookout for child abuse images.

It requires that companies like Google to report any violations that involve child pornography to the CyberTipline of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The companies must provide contact information for the person involved and any child pornography images that they found.