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Google tips off police in child porn bust

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John Henry Skillern, 41, is accused of keeping child pornography in his Gmail account. John Henry Skillern, 41, is accused of keeping child pornography in his Gmail account.
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A registered sex offender in Texas was recently arrested after Google tipped off police about images the web giant allegedly discovered in the man’s Gmail account.

John Henry Skillern, 41, had kept child porn in the email account, according to police. He is charged with possessing child pornography.

"Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection," Google explains in its terms of service. "This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored."

Police in Houston reportedly obtained a search warrant and allegedly found child pornography on his cell phone along with messages expressing interest in children.

The arrest has raised questions about Internet privacy.

“No one in their right mind would condone sexual predation. They weren’t looking for him. They were just looking. More than ever before, Google is looking; Facebook is looking. Even though you are not writing anything you think matters,” said technology expert Shelly Palmer.

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