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New Privacy Concerns? Gmail Integrates with Google Search

08.10.12

Google announced a pilot test which allows Google to provide Gmail results in normal search queries, including this example: "So if you’re planning a biking trip to Tahoe, you might see relevant emails from friends about the best bike trails, or great places to eat on the right hand side of the results page."

The Washington Post reported:

...the feature would cull information from users’ inboxes for relevant queries. A search for “my flights,” for example, would pull flight confirmation e-mails and match that information against Google’s existing flight tracking search feature. Searches related to other things, such as plans for the weekend, would also showcase e-mails related to that subject on the right-hand column of Google’s search results.

One only need review Google’s Privacy Policy to see that Gmail users have little privacy, however few users ever bother. This integration of Gmail and Google Search may force users to rethink what level of privacy they really have.
 

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