In an update to its Gmail Terms of Service, Google has clarified that all users inbound and outbound email is scanned by automated software. Addressing the decision, a Google spokesperson said “We want our policies to be simple and easy for users to understand. These changes will give people even greater clarity and are based on feedback we’ve received over the last few months”. The updated Terms of Service states the following:
“Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customised search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”
The content of emails is scanned in order to facilitate targeted advertising.
said Jim Killock, Executive Director of EDRi member Open Rights Group.
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(Contribution by Andrew Walsh – EDRi intern)