Google will Read your Emails to Market to You

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    Jan 26, 2012 1:43 PM GMT
    You probably heard this recently that Google will take all of your Google and Youtube searches and use those to display ads to you, but did you know that if you have a Gmail account it will search your private emails as well?

    http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/01/25/what-do-googles-privacy-changes-mean-for-you/
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    Jan 26, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    Source?
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    Jan 26, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    Just added the link above to WSJ. Apparently they've searched your gmail for topics for some time.

    "For example, you may have noticed ads in your Gmail based on emails you had typed. Those appear because Google scans the content of emails for things like keywords that may be relevant for advertising."
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    Jan 26, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    Imagine this scenario. You type in a personal email:

    "I kinda think she's a trashy whore."

    Then your Google + account everyone may see:

    "Jim Likes trashy whores." icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 26, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    Uh, Gmail has been doing that for years.

    They have like a bazillion users. It's totally automated. I seriously doubt they have some poor unpaid interns reading all your personal emails and snickering behind your back.
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    Jan 26, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    First of all, it's no secret that any email provider, be it your employer or any of the big names is going to have access to ALL your personal emails. And there are no laws on the books that I know of that prohibit them from accessing those emails at any given time.

    That being said, it's not like there is a person that sits there and reads your emails and then codes in advertisements during your browsing. It's all automated. This is one of those things that while it's annoying I compare it to being at a nude beach: When everyone is naked, no one is naked.
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    Jan 26, 2012 2:58 PM GMT
    Lol.. This is a non story. Gmail has been reading your emails from Day 1. What Google is doing is, they are consolidating all of their TOS into one. Keep in mind that they have acquired different companies over the years,each with their own TOS and privacy statements. It just doesn't make sense to maintain them separately anymore. So now your online profile from all those services are consolidated as well.
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    Jan 26, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    If you don't like it, don't use Google.
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    Jan 26, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    I'm not too surprised. Plus, it's a free service after all.
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    Jan 26, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    Wow. Did you really think I thought someone at Google was physically reading emails. It's a headine dumbasses icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 26, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    owh god! icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 26, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    I'm gonna start adding sexy, Googlerotic lines to my emails to get Google all hot and steamy.

    "I'm telling you Joe, sometimes when I think of Google, I just start touching myself. Fuck, I wish Google were inside me RIGHT NOW".
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    Jan 26, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    They've been doing this forever. It's hilarious what ads pop up some times based on what words appear most prominently in the email. The algorithms they're using don't do well with context.
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    Jan 26, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    And go back to the 20th century?

    I'm not sure I can even remember a time before Google. Wait, yes I can...and it was alot more tasking!


    Haaretz saidIf you don't like it, don't use Google.
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    Jan 26, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    Ariodante said

    "I'm telling you Joe, sometimes when I think of Google, I just start touching myself. Fuck, I wish Google were inside me RIGHT NOW".


    Hi, Ariodante. My name is Google.icon_wink.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 26, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    What bothers me is that it's a Google-wide operation, not only gmail. If you have an Android phone you almost have to be signed in to your google account.
    I'm surpised more people aren't mad about this.
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    Jan 26, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    I'd rather they did that...

    We could both save so much time if they realized I'm a cynic with no credit card debt, erectile dysfunction or desire for slutty Russian bimbos icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 26, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    There were concerns like these when Chrome came out. It said (from memory) everything you type in a chrome browser becomes the property of google, and will be used in marketing bla bla.

    It seems like they're not overriding the Search History setting and recording us no matter what we choose, and no matter which browser we use.

    Who is going to stop them? We NEED Google. They can do whatever they want to us now. I just hope they don't use my filthy, perverse searches against me.
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    Jan 26, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    MsclDrew saidI'd rather they did that...

    We could both save so much time if they realized I'm a cynic with no credit card debt, erectile dysfunction or desire for slutty Russian bimbos icon_lol.gif


    you have ED and a desire for slutty Russian bimbos? Or did you mean to type "Nor"?
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    Jan 26, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    Apologies...

    I'm missing an oxford comma or two icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 27, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI'm gonna start adding sexy, Googlerotic lines to my emails to get Google all hot and steamy.

    "I'm telling you Joe, sometimes when I think of Google, I just start touching myself. Fuck, I wish Google were inside me RIGHT NOW".




    Indeed, this could be a recipe for a most saucy and ribald round of writing:

    "I totally hear ya, Mig - and when I see those Google AdWords prompting me to buy a new FleshJack, it just makes me want to shoot a hot juicy load down the sides of Google's cheeks before swirling it around and finger-loading it straight back into its search box..."
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    Jan 27, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    I stopped using Google some time ago. There are other search engines. I was alerted about a virus problem with some of the Google searches. That's all I needed to hear.