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Old 21.11.2012, 16:10
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Is Google reading my emails?

I have recently noticed that Gmail is showing me publicity; matching to the contents I have in my emails
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Old 21.11.2012, 16:13
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Re: Is Google reading my emails?

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Old 21.11.2012, 16:18
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Re: Is Google reading my emails?

AbFab is right. Google and Yahoo (and probably MSN too) scan your emails for general content and then give you targeted ads. It's in some obscure paragraph in the terms of service that no one reads. But don't worry, no human is actually doing the reading (usually). It's just algorithms. Start typing in chat-speak or shorthand and you'll get other, unrelated ads.

Just so you know, it's not just email providers that do this. Many web pages you visit have trackers to see what you're clicking on so they can get a sense of what you like and might purchase. That's where you see the "customers who purchased/viewed this also purchased/viewed..." ads.

Kind of annoying, but I'm not on any sketchy sites so I don't care too much.
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Old 21.11.2012, 16:21
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But don't worry, no human is actually doing the reading (usually).
Now that's a relief
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log out of your gmail account when you are not using it to prevent this.

also, others can read the email files as they are going down the wire, so if you have something very confidential, use an encrypted email account, which only works if the other party is also using the same encryption.
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Old 21.11.2012, 16:39
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Re: Is Google reading my emails?

Google has been scanning your emails in gmail for targeted advertisements, almost from it's inception...But definitely log out of your email before surfing and better still, skip chrome

More than 20,000 government requests for information on google searches in the first half of 2012 to google (Predominantly by the US government, btw) for not only removal but also to have user data handed over...This includes searches, gmail content and, astonishingly, youtube vids criticizing government to be removed

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Old 21.11.2012, 17:23
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log out of your gmail account when you are not using it to prevent this.

also, others can read the email files as they are going down the wire, so if you have something very confidential, use an encrypted email account, which only works if the other party is also using the same encryption.
Gmail uses SSL by default when run in a web browser; nobody is reading your email apart from Google's targeted ad programs.
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Now that's a relief
All a human has to do is "ask" the machine what is has read...so no not really a relief, unfortunately
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Old 22.11.2012, 16:05
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Re: Is Google reading my emails?

Hi all,

Just thought I'd add my two cents to this topic.

Google explains how this all works. Much like they scan all incomming mail to see if it is spam before it hits your inbox, they also apply similar techniques to match ads to the "non-spam" email that ends up in your inbox. Then, they display ads based on those results of their scans.

Google reference here:
http://support.google.com/mail/bin/a...en&answer=6603

What scared me was back several years ago (around 2006), Google publicly admitted that they were working on a tool to listen to the audio from the microphone on your computer, and then would analyse what was begin talked about and then display advertisements.

Fortunately, the public outcry then resulted in Google scuttling the project.

However, I am pretty sure I read that it has been partially resurrected in this way: The Google Voice (their integrated service for all your telecommunications) does scan your voicemails which are left and displays ads. I can't find an exact article right now, but here is one that references this:

http://www.gomonews.com/google-appli...ey-from-voice/

Gotta love big brother who uses the motto, "Don't Be Evil", but then has questionable practices regarding personal privacy.

If you just learn to accept that privacy in the age of the internet and cellphones is primarly a myth, you should be able to sleep at night - especially knowing that Big Brother is watching over us all keeping us save from the real bad-guys in this world.
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Old 21.11.2012, 16:17
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Re: Is Google reading my emails?

Those advertisements are probably indexed from search terms you've entered into Google while logged into your Google account. Also, Google can track what you click in your Google searches and also from what website(s) you are coming when you go to Google.

As to reading your mail, I think that's highly unlikely, but Google is marketed as a free service, and they might reserve the right, in their TOS (Terms of Service), to anonymously capture data from your email (to/from addresses, subject lines, keywords) for the purposes of monetizing advertising towards you.
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I have recently noticed that Gmail is showing me publicity; matching to the contents I have in my emails
How long have you been using Gmail?
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Re: Is Google reading my emails?

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I have recently noticed that Gmail is showing me publicity; matching to the contents I have in my emails
You can opt out. click on the username@gmail.com in top right part of screen, choose privacy -> advertising -> eventually you'll find it. otherwise

https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/...erences/?hl=en

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Re: Is Google reading my emails?

well I thought that was the primary purpose of gmail..

what I found interesting is that linkedin gave me some suggestions which it could have only taken from my gmail .

I switched to chrome from firefox because of the speed + saving one click for german->english translation ..
don't know if it is better to trust a not for profit company
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Re: Is Google reading my emails?

Google also has to pass on this info to the police or security services if it is requested.

Also, in Switzerland, one cannot opt out of all of Google's privacy terms, as one can in the USA.
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Old 21.11.2012, 17:22
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...don't know if it is better to trust a not for profit company
Google's not exactly a NFP company- they do exist to make profit. They're just not charging you... But they gotta make their money some way, so they cyber-pimp your information to the best cyber-john.
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Google's not exactly a NFP company- they do exist to make profit. They're just not charging you... But they gotta make their money some way, so they cyber-pimp your information to the best cyber-john.
Google NFP
No no I was talking about Mozilla as I was using firefox before chrome proved it was even faster (startup time mostly)
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well I thought that was the primary purpose of gmail..

what I found interesting is that linkedin gave me some suggestions which it could have only taken from my gmail .

I switched to chrome from firefox because of the speed + saving one click for german->english translation ..
don't know if it is better to trust a not for profit company
LinkedIn always asks for permission to harvest your contacts, you must have pressed a yes at some point
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