Google confirms that the images in Gmail attachments scans for child pornography




Google has in a statement to AFP news agency confirmed that the attachments to e-mails scans for child pornography. Until now it was only known that Google e-mail scans for keywords in order to display advertisements. Google claims that it only searches for child pornography.

Google says that the scanning method, which calls the ‘hashing’, not used to detect other criminal activities such as planning burglaries. “It is important to remember that we only use this technology to detect child abuse images,” says Google in the statement against AFP.

The technology that Google uses ‘hashing’, tries to match a known database of child abuse images that the system was previously online. The unique characteristics of an image If companies like Google find traces of child abuse, they are required to supply a set up by Congress non-profit organization that is trying to detect. Those data to

It is the first time that Google admits that it scans the images contained in attachments to e-mail. It is unknown how this relates to privacy laws in various parts of the world. In the Netherlands, wants the government that digital communication falls under the letter secret.


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