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Another Privacy Abuse Scandal. App developers scanning your email to improve ad targeting

basil_hallwardJul 3, 2018, 4:01:26 PM
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Google, not a corporation that takes ethics seriously, even by corporate standards, made a pledge  about this time last year that it would stop its servers scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, hypocritically stating that it was committed to protecting data  so users could “remain confident that Google will keep users privacy and security paramount ”

However the internet search and advertising giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

WSJ is behind a pay wall but you can read a summary of the full article at

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