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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: Fail
By DNAgent on 4/15/2014 10:49:22 AM , Rating: 3
How can it be the beginning of the fall? They've been doing this all along, they're just *telling* us about it now.


RE: Fail
By inighthawki on 4/15/2014 11:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
The NSA did stuff for years before the Snowden leaks, but it wasn't a controversy until after it was exposed.

That said, though, I highly doubt this will have an impact at all. As long as you sign up for a free service, you accept their terms of service.


RE: Fail
By Da W on 4/15/2014 12:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
Cause people are getting aware of it now.
Somewhere, somehow, a competitor will offer an alternative that protects privacy. I'd be willing to pay for that.

Microsoft, for one, doesn't rely on advertising as much as Google. Heck since you need a MS id for office 365 (paid), xbox live, xbox music, to log in to windows 8... they to could do without advertising and scaning e-mails and still make money if they chose to.


RE: Fail
By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2014 5:55:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Somewhere, somehow, a competitor will offer an alternative that protects privacy. I'd be willing to pay for that.


What the...

That exists NOW!


"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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