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Offline Maik

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gmail a stranger
« on: Friday, 10 January, 2014 @ 19:43:28 »
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A new feature in Google Inc's Gmail will result in some users receiving messages from people with whom they have not shared their email addresses, raising concerns among some privacy advocates.

The change, which Google announced on Thursday, broadens the list of contacts available to Gmail users so it includes both the email addresses of their existing contacts, as well as the names of people on the Google+ social network. As a result, a person can send an email directly to friends, and strangers, who use Google+.

Google is increasingly trying to integrate its Google+, a two-and-a-half-year old social network that has 540 million active users, with its other services. When consumers sign up for Gmail, the company's Web-based email service, they are now automatically given a Google+ account.

Google said that users who did not wish to receive email messages from other people on Google+ could switch the settings so that they receive messages only from people they have added to their networks of friends or from no one at all.

Some privacy advocates said Google should have made the new feature "opt-in," meaning that users should explicitly agree to receive messages from other Google+ users, rather than being required to manually change the setting.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/09/google-gmail-idUKL2N0KJ2JV20140109?type=companyNews

Offline TonyKath

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« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 11 January, 2014 @ 00:53:28 »
Amazing.  How can they change the T&Cs like that?!  :bleh:

Tony