Google will now scan your emails to show relevant ads. Invasion of privacy?

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Yes I know you can turn it off, but how many will? Isn't this taking it a little too far?
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  • Profile picture of the author yourreviewer
    Originally Posted by lolmoney View Post

    YouTube - Better ads in Gmail

    Yes I know you can turn it off, but how many will? Isn't this taking it a little too far?
    Google has been displaying ads for a long time on Gmail. The simpler solution would be to just stop using Gmail if you consider it an invasion of privacy. I don't see any point in complaining about Google displaying ads for a service that users are not paying for.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Originally Posted by lolmoney View Post

    YouTube - Better ads in Gmail

    Yes I know you can turn it off, but how many will? Isn't this taking it a little too far?
    Uh, they've always been doing that. I think they're saying they will now give gmail users better options to give feedback on the ads they are already getting from their emails. LIke when I go to my spam folder in gmail I get a lot of "spam" recipes, ha ha, not really relevant. Wrong kind of spam! Spam is a processed kind of meat popular in Hawaii in case you didn't know.
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  • Profile picture of the author IcedSEO-CEO
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    I got that "Better ads on gmail" notification when I logged into my email today, haven't really had time to know what it's talking about
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  • Profile picture of the author erichammer
    This was the innovation Google came up with to pay for it when they first created Gmail and they caused a bit of controversy then, but it died down. They claim they don't read people's emails individually. Instead, they just use computers to pull relevant information from your emails about whatever it is you are reading. Totally not new and it seems that no one has been bothered by it.
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    • Profile picture of the author IcedSEO-CEO
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      Originally Posted by erichammer View Post

      This was the innovation Google came up with to pay for it when they first created Gmail and they caused a bit of controversy then, but it died down. They claim they don't read people's emails individually. Instead, they just use computers to pull relevant information from your emails about whatever it is you are reading. Totally not new and it seems that no one has been bothered by it.
      Yea... I guess we just have to leave it. I think Google is one of those guys I trust online so basically, I'm not really bothered about the whole new upgrade.
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      • Profile picture of the author lolmoney
        Originally Posted by IcedSEO-CEO View Post

        Yea... I guess we just have to leave it. I think Google is one of those guys I trust online so basically, I'm not really bothered about the whole new upgrade.
        How can you trust a company that have been collecting data from unsecured wifi connections across the globe.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jermaine Tabor
    I've never clicked on an ad in gmail in
    all the years been using the service.

    Either way, it doesn't bother me.

    As long as they get all shiny like
    yahoo im staying on board.
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  • Profile picture of the author Headfirst
    Google has been scanning your email in order to display context sensitive advertising for years now. Their new system is more accurate, thats all.

    Invasion of privacy? No way. No one is forcing you to use it. Use hushmail or something like it if you're that paranoid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Anybody seen the Time magazine March 21 issue?
    TIME Magazine Cover: Your Data For Sale - Mar. 21, 2011 - Computers - Advertising - Science & Technology

    I have read it on the plane when going for a vacation - I read magazines mainly on airplanes... Well, the cover story didn't spoil my vacation but it was a good food for thought. Everybody knows everything about you or, as the caption says:
    "Everything about you is being tracked -- get over it"
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post


      "Everything about you is being tracked -- get over it"

      Unfortunately, that is VERY close to true. There is a lot
      of information about us in public database :-)

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  • Profile picture of the author greggycooper
    It didn't even bother me if google will try to upgrade their ads in gmail.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
    Yep Google may be placing ads in your mail, but does anyone really think that they have enough employees to read your emails - not hardly and illegal - at least here in the UK.

    The Google software is simply responding or reacting to pre established keywords or phrases in your emails.

    I like gmail very much and I don't take too much notice of the ads. If I did and they got on my nerves, I'd simply not use the service.

    If you are paranoid about Google, then start to worry when good looking Google staff (if they have any!) arrive at your door and offer to take your spouse to an all expenses paid dinner (without you, of course) and you never see or hear from your spouse again .

    Now that could be grounds for complaint :rolleyes:.

    Just one of my more stupid thoughts,

    Jeff.
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