Google to stop monitoring student e-mails

2014-05-02 13:13
(Marcio Jose Sanchez, AFP)

(Marcio Jose Sanchez, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

San Francisco - Google will stop looking for advertising ideas in the e-mails of students using a suite of the internet company’s free products tailored for schools.

The changes announced on Wednesday affect Google's "Apps for Education" service that has been offered to schools for the past seven years.

Among other things, Google says it will no longer pore through Gmails sent through Apps for Education for clues about students' interests. The scanning helps the Mountain View, California, company figure out what types of ads might appeal to the students.

Although Google didn't show ads in Apps for Education unless school administrators choose to allow the commercial pitches, the company could still use the personal data collected in Gmail scanning to peddle products when students might be using other online services.

More than 30 million students, teachers and administrators use the Apps for Education suite.

"Earning and keeping their trust drives our business forward", Bram Bout, Google's director of education wrote in a blog post. "We know that trust is earned through protecting their privacy and providing the best security measures."

Google's habitual scanning of Gmail had become the focal point of a federal lawsuit alleging the practice violated users' privacy.

The case included claims by students at the University of Hawaii and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California that they were required to use Apps for Education as part of their enrolment in schools.

US District Judge Lucy Koh dealt the lawsuit a setback in April when she denied a request to certify it as a class action representing tens of millions of Gmail users.

Google's scanning of Gmail in schools also had been facing questions about whether it violated the 40-year-old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which is meant to protect student privacy.

Bout's blog post didn't cite the legal issues facing Gmail-scanning in his blog post outlining the revisions to Google's Apps for Education policies.

"Google executives are always pushing the limits and only back off when their hands are caught in the cookie jar", said John Simpson, privacy project director for consumer watchdog, a group that has railed against Google's data-collection practices for years.

Google is also removing the option that allowed school administrators to show Gmail ads when students were using Apps for Education.
- AP
Read more on:    google  |  us  |  online privacy
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route

The route of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic has been announced and it promises to be as challenging as ever!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!
The most extreme journey ever?
Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to focus too intently on outer appearance and beauty which hides who you really are. You are being challenged...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.