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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 lifewatcher on 4/15/2014 11:38:19 AM , Rating: 2
No. This is not OK, as this is nothing short of bait-and-switch. While you could just move to another email provider, all your contacts will have to be updated with your new address, including credit card statements, blogs, etc. It's a nasty way of doing business. Because of stuff like this, my phone will never again be android-based, as long as I can chose a lesser evil.

RE: Fail
By nafhan on 4/15/2014 12:01:53 PM , Rating: 1
Ah, so you were under the impression they were not providing contextual ads or "scanning" emails. Again, why you were using a free webmail provider for that kind of thing if you had those concerns is beyond me. Also, I never said any of that was OK, but I do think that believing data sent through a third party for free will provide you with some kind of security blanket is ridiculous.

As far as the phone thing goes, if you just pick "not Android" for your smartphone, you're not getting a lesser evil, you're getting a similar, but differently branded "evil". To really get a lesser evil, your only real option (presently) is to stay with Android, but root it and avoid Google's services, and that's going to take some work on your part.

RE: Fail
By GotThumbs on 4/15/2014 12:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
is nothing short of bait-and-switch

Dude, How much have you PAID out of your pocket to Google, for the services you've used?

Just ask for your money back and go elsewhere for your services and products.

RE: Fail
By sprockkets on 4/15/2014 6:06:27 PM , Rating: 1
FYI, Microsoft did it too , and dropped it only with the intro of, and even then, probably because it would look dumb when they attacked google for it.

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