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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 GotThumbs on 4/15/2014 11:54:03 AM , Rating: 1
Apparently there are still more stupid/ignorant people out there who still didn't understand you don't get stuff for free.

The support systems, data sites, developers that Google uses to provide their services (at no charge) cost money to run.

Googles services cost money and unless people want an option to pay a monthly/yearly fee (like Office 365) for those services, then they should simply SHUT UP!

I'm so tired of the idiots who bash Google about the trade of using their FREE Services.

Don't like the trade of free use for targeted marketing ADs? Then don't use the products.

Simply move on and start paying for the services you use.

RE: Fail
By idiot77 on 4/15/2014 11:59:59 AM , Rating: 2
I for one would happily consider paying for Gservices for a fee if they promise not to spy on me or sell information. Maybe a small premium if they agree not to aide the government.

RE: Fail
By GotThumbs on 4/15/2014 12:20:04 PM , Rating: 1
Spy on you?

How so? Give us an example where Google sifted through your emails and stole an idea or emailed you about any of your activities on the web.

It's all done for AD targeting. What else do you think its done for?

I'd really like to know.

Google's computers simply analyse your habits and targets AD's based on your activities, sites visited and email content.

No one person is scrolling through your files/stuff.

You must be thinking of the NSA?

RE: Fail
By nafhan on 4/15/2014 12:17:54 PM , Rating: 2
The monthly fee will make the ads go away, but it's not buying you any privacy. MS/Google/etc. are usually keeping track of the same info either way.

I'm mentioning this because there seems to be a disconnect here. Being a web services customer now is not the same as buying software was a decade ago, but a lot of people seem to think it's the same. You don't own the software and you don't (generally) have control over your data.

If you aren't keeping your data on your machines, there's a good chance someone could be looking at it, and you should consider that to be the case.

RE: Fail
By GotThumbs on 4/15/2014 12:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
If you aren't keeping your data on your machines, there's a good chance someone could be looking at it

I'd say thats kind of a no-brainer.

The only 100% way to protect your self is stay off the web and never step outside your home.

There is always a certain amount of risk one takes on the web and in life.

~Best wishes,

RE: Fail
By nafhan on 4/15/2014 1:15:56 PM , Rating: 2
The only 100% way to protect your self is stay off the web and never step outside your home.
Well that's true... it doesn't have much do with what I said. Webmail isn't terribly private, and there are easy to use alternatives far short of staying off the internet. Please dispute that if you disagree rather than throwing pointless comparisons at me.

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