Google Continues to Spy on Gmail Email Messages

Google continues its practice of scanning the data of Gmail users even though the company announced that they would stop using the Gmail content of consumer users for ad personalization. This controversial practice has been sighted to continue due to the presence of certain articles in the privacy policy.

Gmail Email Messages Still Spied Upon Due to Google’s Privacy Policy

Last year Google announced in their corporate blog that their “G Suite” of cloud applications are not going to be harvested for advertisement personalization, at least for the consumer users. As Gmail is one of the most popular email services on the Internet the collected data by the service can prove very useful for the company to deliver highly personalized content from the ad agencies.

It appears that collection still continues due to several articles in the privacy policy that allow this practice to continue. According to news media reports a Google spokesperson (Aaron Stein) stated that Google automatically extract keywords from the consumer accounts. This data is then given to the machine learning algorithms. A consequence is the possibility that analysis of the data may be used to customize the search results. These very same mechanisms are also used for proactive defense against malware and spam messages.

One of the worrying aspects is the fact that the type of collected information spans a wide range of strings:

  • Usage data and preferences
  • Gmail messages
  • G+ Profle
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Browsing History
  • Map Searches
  • Docs
  • Any Google-Hosted Content
Excerpt from Google's privacy policy

Excerpt from Google’s privacy policy

One of the most concerning aspects is the fact that the value of the stored data is extremely high. Google services use a single account which allows the company to constantly collect data of all types. For security researchers and (Read more...)

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