Privacy Advocates Concerned About Gmail Ads

Posted on April 10, 2004

Privacy advocates are complaining about Google's Gmail, a new email service offering 1 gigabyte (1000 megabytes) of free email storage. Privacy advocates are concerned with Google's plans to place text ads on individual emails in the Gmail service. Google thinks the concerns are invalid because they claim no one at Google will actually be reading the email. Google says it will use computer algorithms to determine how ads are displayed.

BBC News reports that Google is reassuring users that the content of users' email will remain private. Google says, "No humans read your emails to target the ads."

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