According to Business Insider, Google has a policy of searching people's Gmail inboxes for child pornography. As in this case, a registered sex offender was found to have "explicit images of a child in his email," and Google tipped off the authorities.
A search of the man's other devices revealed more suspicious images and text messages. Police arrested him and he's being held on a $200,000 bond.
On one hand, most people would certainly applaud the use of technology to scan email in a case like this.
On the other, debate rages about how much privacy users can expect when using Google's services like email. In a word: none.
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