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New Gmail messaging feature causes privacy concerns

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Posted in Online on 11th Jan, 2014 05:48 AM by AlexMuller

Users of Google's Gmail service will soon be able to send messages directly to other Gmail accounts, regardless of whether the recipient has shared their email address. The new feature will include everyone signed up to both Gmail and Google+, the web giant's social network.

 
The change has caused concern among some privacy advocates, who say people could be contacted by strangers. Google says it will make it easier for users to communicate with friends.
 
But privacy campaigner Marc Rotenberg, of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, called the new feature "troubling", and compared it to a privacy flaw in a previous Google product.
 
"There is a strong echo of the Google Buzz snafu," he said, referring to an early incarnation of the company's social network, which initially made a list of Gmail users' contacts available publicly online.
 
Gmail members will see a list of their Google+ connections when they begin to type a name in the 'To' field of their messages, even if they do not know the email address of the person they are attempting to contact.
 
The update was announced on Google's Gmail blog on Thursday by product manager David Nachum, who said the change would make it "easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over email".

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-11
+2
For many unwanted emails are a considerable problem. With this new feature that will increase the number and I am not sure that is a good idea Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-11
+1
Issue of privacy is very important to people. Just a few days ago it was reported that Facebook is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users' private messages. The lawsuit claims that when users share a link to another website via a private message, Facebook scans it to profile the sender's web activity. Should Google not be more careful? Reply


 

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