Google Updates Terms of Service to Disclose Email Scanning for Targeted Ads
April 15, 2014 9:29 AM
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Google says that Gmail users consented to scanning and practice is part of the normal delivery process
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."
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RE: bigger brother
4/15/2014 11:42:33 AM
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
4/15/2014 1:39:01 PM
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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