Gmail Officially Scans Your EmailsAdded: Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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Google has recently clarified its email scanning practices by updating its Gmail terms of service to inform users that all emails are analyzed by automated software. In other words, the company explicitly states that Google’s system scans the content of emails stored on its servers or sent and received by any Google email account. Of course, this practice has seen Google face criticism from privacy action outfits and lawsuits from the education sector.
Google announced that it wants its policies to be simple and easy for everyone to grasp, and the recent changes are supposed to give people even greater clarity and were based on feedback received over the last several months. You should know that Google’s automated systems scan the content of emails for spam and malware detection, as well as part of the company’s “priority inbox” service and tailored advertising.
Of course, people are concerned about it and believe they should be able to completely switch it off if they want to. The company’s ads use data gleaned from your email combined with data from your Google profile (including search results, map requests and YouTube views). In result, the system displays what it considers is relevant in the hope that you are more likely to click on them and generate more advertising revenue.
The email scanning practices of the search giant stretch across Gmail displaying adverts to support the service, while its products for business and education have the turn-it-off option.
The privacy groups argue that such scanning and indexing of emails could be in violation of an American law known as Ferpa (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), the main law guarding student educational records. By the way, this particular law was used to launch a lawsuit against Google in California.
Aside from email scanning, the Open Rights Group considers other aspects of the company’s practices most troubling. They say that Google does more dangerous things like information held in Analytics, cookies in advertising and the profiling on individual accounts. The outfit explains that it is the amount of data held on people which should be concerning us, because it’s attractive to government and can leak out in various ways.
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Saturday, April 19th, 2014
|This comes as a surprise? Thanks for the info oziman. Not that I needed it, but others might.|
|posted by (2014-04-19 17:27:30)|
|What e-mail account is safe these days?|
|Where should common man go then??|
|The 'common man' should write letter, deliver them in person, read them in a sealed room(while naked) and burn the paper then eat the ashes after reading.|
The less common man would have to run their own private email server and hope the encryption he uses hasn't had a backdoor inserted by the NSA. There are paid services like Startmail that offer strong encryption and are hosted over seas, but with quantum computing and subversion of encryption standards, the only real solution is to find out who exactly is participating in this cold war on the public and try them for treason.
Google, Facescanbook, NSA- they're all different divisions of a group of control freaks that are trying to corner the people and obtain a state monopoly of force. Only way to stop it is to stop paying for it and hold criminals participating, advocating, or approving it accountable for this treason.
|Or just dont use email for sensitive correspondence, simple really.|
|posted by (2014-04-20 07:47:22)|
|All electronic communication is being read/looked at by someone somewhere. Just be aware of that when you send an e-mail/IM/instagram etc.|
|posted by (2014-04-20 14:26:23)|
|@ #6, yes-- no doubt someone somewhere is wanking off while looking at my emails of bootie-calls from the Pope. \m/|
|posted by (2014-04-21 22:27:05)|
|as long as you are not doing anything illegal don't worry, anyone reading e-mail from people must be very sad indeed, they need to get out more.|
Thanks for the info though,
|posted by (2014-04-22 04:02:51)|
|`What e-mail account is safe these days?`|
hmm the one in your room ?
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