gmail (Google Mail & Ads) [was- Re: Fwd: [ILUG] Google Job ]
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Sun Apr 4 19:26:04 IST 2004
| Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2004 14:55:20 +0100
| From: Colm Buckley <colm.buckley at gmail.com>
| Subject: Fwd: [ILUG] Google Job
| On Fri, 2 Apr 2004 19:51:19 +0200, Ramón Fallon <ramon at movora.com> wrote:
| > where's the ad at the bottom of the mail then?
| > or is it, if you pay for your gmail, they suppress it?
| The ads don't appear on emails *sent* by GMail, they appear in the
| GMail client as you read your email. [ ... ]
| This has amazing potential to creep people out, and I think it'll take
| some getting used to, but in the end I hope that the users will be
| smart enough to realise that their emails aren't being "read" any more
| than their search queries are - it's just a simple matching of ads to
it -- or at least the poor explanations from the
Google™ gmail team/management --- _is_ freaking
“Google is watching you
``Google's Email raises Privacy Fears,'' declared the Indian
Express, a headline echoed around this world last week after
the company announced it is to offer a free email service
the company revealed it would be employing technology that
would search through the contents of its users' emails,
thereby enabling it to place related adverts alongside
[For] privacy protection lobbyists the arrival of Gmail was
the worst idea since the Pentagon dreamed up Total Information
Awareness ‥ ([which] was subsequently abandoned due to the
political outrage it caused.)‟
there's a number of choice quotes, including some
rather inept ones from Google's upper management.
one (not from Google) which gives some food for
“``It's one of the creepiest things I have ever heard of,''
[a privacy consultant] told Wired magazine. ``Can I, as a
pro-life person, for example, target email messages that
seem to be about abortion?''‟
good question. the search engine does, e.g., accept
ads for p0rn (e.g.).
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