Student Gmail Accounts No Longer Scanned for Targeted Ads
April 30, 2014 10:31 AM
Google wasn't placing ads in Education apps, but was scanning messages anyway
Google has announced that it has stopped scanning student Gmail accounts for the purposes of targeting ads. Google says that it stopped scanning the email accounts of students after the
practice was scrutinized during a recent court case
Over 30 million students, teachers, and administrators currently use
Google Apps for Education
Google some time ago reportedly stopped the practice of placing ads inside apps geared towards education. However, even though the ads weren't visible, Google could still scan the emails to gather valuable information. The details gleaned reportedly could have been used to target ads at the students elsewhere.
Google was sued in California last year for claims that it was violating the state’s wiretapping laws. Google has now promised that not only will it not place ads on the apps for education, but that it will also no longer collect or use student data for advertising purposes. Google is also said to be making similar changes for business and government users.
The search giant quietly
changed its terms of service on April 15
to be more transparent about its email scanning programs.
"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il
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