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Google says that Gmail users consented to scanning and practice is part of the normal delivery process

Google has updated its Terms of Service (TOS) to fully disclose to users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed using software. The software is analyzing the emails to create targeted ads that can be served to the user.
Google's TOS reveal that emails are scanned when they are stored on Google services and when in transit.
Google is currently fighting in court on allegations of violating the privacy of hundreds of millions of users. Courts in the U.S. decided last month not to combine several suits into a class action against Google.

Some Gmail users believe that Google is violating state and federal laws with its email scanning practices. Google continues to argue that users of Gmail consented to the activity and that it is part of the normal email delivery process.
The update terms of service spell this out more specifically. The new update reads:
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. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.
Google spokesman Matt Kallman said Google's changes, "will give people even greater clarity and are based on feedback we've received over the last few months."

Sources: Reuters, Google

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RE: bigger brother
By fatedtodie on 4/15/2014 10:23:19 AM , Rating: 0
Comments like this show that people have no idea what that book was about.
1984 wasn't about scanning or monitoring. It was about limiting the ability to form thoughts that were against what Big Brother allowed.

Recording everything (even in the stupid way the NSA did) has ZERO to do with being Big Brother, and a ton to do with wanting data to do whatever they want with.

Every time I see someone make a Big Brother comment it just shows the reason why political arguments are failures. Starting with bad data ends with bad outcomes (see climate science for examples of this).

In summary, re-read the book if you have already read it, and try to ingest the real point. If you have not read it... do it now, and stop using plot devices out of context because you think it makes you look smart.


RE: bigger brother
By GulWestfale on 4/15/2014 11:17:46 AM , Rating: 2
i have read the book, and i think what you fail to see wit the current situation is that the collecting of huge amounts of data allows the ones in control to steer public opinion, discredit dissent, and make sure that the current structures of power never change. call it what you will, but they are all just different names for fascism.

RE: bigger brother
By fatedtodie on 4/15/2014 1:35:49 PM , Rating: 1
Actually it was about Communism, but I assume you do not know the difference between the two.

RE: bigger brother
By Solandri on 4/15/2014 3:50:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say Huxley's Brave New World was more accurate than Orwell's 1984. In Brave New World, the people are complete tools of the government (substitute corporate overseers if you wish), and they like it.

RE: bigger brother
By fatedtodie on 4/15/2014 4:12:44 PM , Rating: 1
... if you want to go to the Source material that both books borrowed from, go to Yergemy Zamyatin's "We". It shows a more fundamental control the government has, even over names.

But this is a digression of the point that the OP was trying to sound smart and ended up misusing the material, which made him not look smart at all.

But it is nice to see some well read posters.

RE: bigger brother
By mgilbert on 4/15/2014 11:42:33 AM , Rating: 2
I've read the book, and I think you missed the point. Yes, the book was about controlling what people think, but that was just the one example the author chose to represent government abuse in any and all forms. The book is about government intrusion and abuse in any and all forms - and there is plenty of that today.

RE: bigger brother
By fatedtodie on 4/15/2014 1:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
I also remember the book making a huge point about the government waiting until you change your mind back to what they want before killing you. Where in your misreading of the book does that fit with Google and your other conspiracy partners?

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