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Google GMail and Privacy

  1. Apr 23, 2004 #1
    So.. According to this link:


    The senator says it should be illegal for Google to scan the contents of email for advertising, even if you agree to it by aggreeing to a terms of service. I disagree. If you know Google will scan your email and put in ads, but do nothing else with your emails contents, why should this be illegal?

    Let's be honest. It's *just* e-mail. Why is it so sacred? Looking at it, if I email you at Google's gmail, is that e-mail really yours? Hell, is it mine? If I send an e-mail to your address at google's computer, I created the e-mail, so I kinda "own" it, and I gave it to google. But I did give it to google to "hold" for you. It's almost like an employee having a desk drawer that they keeped locked, preventing access from the boss.

    I just really don't have a problem with this. It seems like google would just scan the text of the e-mails and use whatever algorithm they have to rank the words and find the most suitible advertiser (that I would probably never click on.) I'm sure it works just the same as the Google ads on these pages. Hell, if it makes Google money, and I get a free, 100% reliable 1gig of email storage that I can most likely use *for the rest of my life* I will gladly let them make money off of my emails. AS LONG: as they don't ever draw a connection between key words and usernames. That is wrong. And they honestly shouldn't take any personal information. I don't see why they'd need *any* information from you beyond your username and password. Would recording your IPs be invading privacy?

    BY THE WAY, something you may all find intersting is that the Google Ads on this forum display when you are *reading your private messages!* That is the exact same thing that will happen when Google scans your email for ads. It's not a big deal. I don't see a difference between an e-mail and a private intraforum message.
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  3. Apr 24, 2004 #2
    :) Just wanted to emphasize this.
  4. Apr 25, 2004 #3
    umm? how? ur e message become ads?
  5. Apr 25, 2004 #4
    It only becomes ad when someone actually sent it out to make fun of others.

    I sent Mr A some emails, Mr A sent to some of his friends and they laughed.
    Thats fun ?
    I thinkit is fun.
  6. Apr 25, 2004 #5
    Fun of the cruel !
  7. Apr 25, 2004 #6
    Sigh ... ....
  8. Apr 25, 2004 #7


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    If you don't want google reading through your email, just send pdf files. Google can only "read" plain text.
  9. Apr 25, 2004 #8
    Yeah, I'm saying that I'm not even concerned about it. I don't see what the big deal is.
  10. Apr 25, 2004 #9
    pdf ? god

    hoho i dont mind le, my life should as simple as it can be

    wait how about I zip it?
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