Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Google stops scanning student Gmail accounts following privacy concerns

Just days after Microsoft launched a special ad-free version of Bing for schools, search rival Google is making some ad changes targeted at classrooms. In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Google says it has stopped scanning student Gmail accounts for advertising purposes. The data-mining practice was central to a Microsoft-backed privacy bill that has seen Google face a lawsuit in a US court case. While Google Apps for Education is free from ads, the search giant still scanned more than 30 million accounts so that it could potentially target ads to students on other Google properties.
While the practice is being killed off for education accounts, Google is also reportedly planning to disable email scanning on its Google Apps...
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