Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Google takes 2 steps to protect user privacy; Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2017

Makeda Easter, Los Angeles Times; Google takes 2 steps to protect user privacy

"Google announced two new steps to protect user privacy — moving to scrub personal medical records from search results and halting its long-standing policy of scanning emails to deliver targeted ads.

Previously, Google surveyed the contents of emails to provide personalized ads to users of its free Gmail service. Although paying Gmail customers were never subject to such scanning, Diane Greene, a senior vice president at Google, told Bloomberg that there was confusion about the policy among businesses that pay for its service."

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