Google changes email scanning after privacyrechtszaak

Google changes email scanning after privacyrechtszaak

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Google is changing the way e-mails are scanned for relevant ads to show. That is the result of a settlement in a privacyrechtszaak.

The case was last year brought by people who have Gmail, the email service from Google, just do not use.

They found that their privacy was violated, because Google’s email scanning to run on messages that may have come from people who are not themselves a customer of the internet company.

Google scans emails for spam and viruses, but let the systems also look into the content of e-mails to relevant ads next to. That already happens before an e-mail in the inbox of the recipient ends up.

As a result of the settlement, Google will these scans only execute if an e-mail already in the inbox has arrived, reports The Verge. It comes to a difference of a fraction of a second, but according to the prosecutors, the difference is similar to the view of a dense envelope, or an envelope that is already open. The spam and virus scanning is done before an e-mail be visible to the recipient.

Google pays the attorneys ‘ fees of more than $ 2 million in the case, which may have consequences for other e-mail providers that similar practices apply.

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