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Google Now will look at your Gmail in order to remind you of a planned event

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Google Now will look at your Gmail in order to remind you of a planned event
Google Now is a lot like Santa mixed with the NSA. In a new feature being by rolled out by Google, the virtual personal assistant knows if you've been naughty or nice, while all the time it is monitoring your Gmail account for certain buzz words. Remember, Google Now is supposed to present you information you need, when you need it. By keeping an eye on your Gmail (and other Google services by the way), Google Now knows your schedule, but it is for a good cause.

In the same way that Google Now peaks into your personal correspondence to remind you about your airline and hotel reservations, it peruses the same applications to see what exciting events you have planned, and when they will be taking place. For example, if Google sees a thread in your Gmail about a day at the beach, it will send you a card to remind you about it.

If this feels like Google reaching into your underwear drawer, you do have the ability to stop the snooping. But if you are a forgetful sort who forgets every event you have planned, Google Now will gladly remind you for as long as you let it.

Google Now will soon be sending you cards with reminders about your upcoming events

Google Now will soon be sending you cards with reminders about your upcoming events

source: AndroidPolice via Engadget

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posted on 13 Jun 2014, 04:00 3

1. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

I no longer use Gmail because:
- no push, outside Google's app
- Google can read my mails just because it wants
- Google can forward my mails to 3rd party companies
- Google pushes adds in Gmail interface, adds based on my conversations

Need I have another reason?!

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 10:33 10

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

-I have push on other apps go check again
-so can do every email company
-can you prove that?
-so do other companies

I really dislike selective paranoids

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 13:16 2

10. wilsong17 (unregistered)

you sir are full of bs

google admid they read the email for virus and for information so it can be display on google now

can you prove your info was sold by google to others company

if you go to google setting there a big check that say opt out of Advertisement

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 17:36

11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

I no longer use Gmail because:

-- I don't support Google's close partnership with the NSA to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America and ultimately to utterly destroy personal liberty and freedom.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 19:47

12. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Exactly. I hope that person doesnt use yahoo or Hotmail and think its all squeaky clean there.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 19:54

14. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

You do realize the NSA had back doors in Windows for years, right? I hope you use OS X or Linux.....although

I suggest you read up on the details of Prism and the other companies involved....and stop trying to always single Google out.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 21:19

15. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Also....please look at the 2nd screen shot...and read the entire article, specifically the last paragraph, thanks.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 07:06

16. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

- What other apps, besides Google Gmail app (I mean push mail)?

- No, Apple - for instance - can only read your mail, based on a court order.

- "Information we share

We provide personal information to our affiliates or OTHER TRUSTED BUSINESSES OR PERSONS to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures."

That's from Google privacy policy (have you effing red it before wasting our time?! you and 10 other f*ks that thumbed you up)

- Outlook doesn't do it, neither does iCloud; what other mail companies matter? Yahoo is dead, AOL too.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 08:23 1

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

-push service is available on anyone that implements the protocol (I'll post the name of the protocol but I forgot) so to say a few we have the stock email app for other email from (Motorola, Sony, Samsung, LG etc) I know that because I have 3 gmail accounts and the other two are not on Gmail and I can still get push option, there is also Thunderbird for the PC as well as many other email clients, only one not allowing push is outlook Because they don't use the protocol (they refuse to use it)

-how are you so sure? Then why the new email search index on siri? You know that right?

-"based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures"

Do you even read half the stuff you posted? Where the hell you came with the Google forwards your emails?

-outlook doesn't do it? Have you heard of the slype/outlook privacy issues on the past? Have you seen all the information MS said will be available on the Xbox one for devices to monetize on users statistics? And what about the iOS open kit that allows app top take data from the users? And open many of its private tools for devs to exploit and monetize.

So yeah like I said a selective paranoid

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 09:12

18. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

You lost all credibility when you said outlook doesnt do it too.

As in the replacement for hotmail, not the stand alone outlook client.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 12:43

19. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

- Nobody, except Google's Gmail app implements that protocol. There's NO native mail app that pushes mails< Motorola doesn't do it, Samsung doesn't do it and sure as hell my HTC that sits in the drawer doesn't do it. Maybe you have an old phone that kept it's imap gmail credentials - that is the only way a non-Gmail app will push mails on your device.
I mean push (instant mails), no 1,2, 5 min check.

- Because I red it in Apple terms of use, that's why; have you red Google's?
Siri is a part of iOS; is like asking me "how come there's a email app that has access to your emails"

- "When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (AND THOSE WE WORK WITH) a worldwide license to USE [...] CREATE DERIVATIVE WORK [...] publicly display and DISTRIBUTE such content."

Do you need me to spell it: Google has the right to read every piece of mail you send through it's services, it has the right to give it to others to read it, it has the right to publish it and even make fun of it.
While you have the right to let Google whatch you fart, I don't want to so I won't use Gmail. Can you cope with that?

- I used Outlook 2 or 3 times, none of the times I had adds pushed into the mail interface; so, although MS can look into your mails, Outlook doesn't pushes mails based on users conversations (not yet, anyway). The rest has to do with the fact you don't read so well the sh*t I write.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 12:46

20. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Show me a print screen with Outlook pushing adds in the mail and I will retract everything.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 12:52

21. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

It has no right to go through my personal conversations; even to check for viruses. That's the law and Google breaks it.

When I see an add that uses an information from my email, would it be safe to say Google sold it through AdSense?

You can opt out only from personalized add.
That doesn't mean Google can't access your personal conversations for other purposes.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 15:20 1

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

So I took my sweet time to reply to you, hopefully you start actually reading and less guessing around.

-IT f**kING DOES, DEAL WITH IT, how do I know? because I have this on my phone (another gmail account setup)

I have also helped friends set up their Motorola, HTC Samsung devices with multiple gmail accounts outside of the gmail app and push email always works so no you should know better.

-oh so they don't?

straight from skydive terms:

"You understand that Microsoft may need, and you hereby grant Microsoft the right, to use, modify, adapt, reproduce, distribute, and display content posted on the service"

and what apple thinks about their icloud products?

"you grant Apple a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available, without any compensation or obligation to you."

you should read your own privacy statements as opposed to others TOS, thank you.

thanks for your time

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 15:26 1

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

also goole uses IMAP witch it a standard protocol read here

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 18:09 1

24. sgodsell (Posts: 4542; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

What the hell do you think Cortana on WP is going to be doing? It has to look at a users emails to check for flight information or packages. If you think Microsoft's Cortana is not going to be checking your email for the necessary information. Then where is it suppose to get the information? Out of the authors butt. Bend over Alan F. You are to supply every WP users information out of your butt.
I can't believe the stupidity of some people.

posted on 14 Jun 2014, 18:16 1

25. sgodsell (Posts: 4542; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Do you have a WP device? For your other posts. It looks like you do. So brain wave you are going to use WP8.1 and Cortana right. So what do you think Cortana is going to do when it needs say flight information? That's why Microsoft gives users the opt in for Cortana. (Just like Google Now). So Cortana can read your emails for the necessary information. So if you think Microsoft is not reading your emails, then think again.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 02:33

26. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Here you go:


I had 1 with it in the inbox too, but this is in the email itself. Progressive ad. Looks like they still do use pic ads too, shame. I have most ads blocked so I dont even know how this is showing up, I thought I wasnt going to have anything to show.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 02:41

27. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

And checking both outlook.com and Gmail, you can opt out of/block ads in the emails and change some other things in ad settings.

outlook .com has a setting for personalized ads or generic ads...one or the other. Gmail has the option to block specific ads..

Looks like Google is more for the user in this case.

It would really help to try to be unbiased when info is readily available for anyone to see.

Btw....my Gmail has no ads in the inbox....go figure....

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 03:00

28. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Please read thru all the Settings links.

You can severely gimp Google Now by disabling everything.....but it can be disabled. Since the post you was responding to mentioned Google Now...please explain how a virtual assistant is supposed to be good without knowing your information? Compare Google Now to an actual human assistant.

Only difference is you can pick and choose what the human assistant actually knows about. Maybe one day Google Now, Siri, Cortana will have that option.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 03:05

29. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Pick n choose as in leave out specific emails, texts. etc.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 05:02

30. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

- I must apologize: it seems like Google re(activated) IMAP on free Gmail (which was not available up until at least march-april when I removed all my gmail accounts from my phone's mail apps).
Cudos for Google.

- If you are not talking about iCloud mail, we're not going to get anywhere. You only partialy quoted the terms:
"BY SUBMITTING OR POSTING such Content ON AREAS of the Service that are ACCESSIBLE BY THE PUBLIC or other users with whom you consent to share such Content, you grant Apple..."
So Apple only reads your content IF YOU LET IT READ IT (or if it has a court order).

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 05:16

31. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

First of all, let me start by saying I live in EU; things might be a bit different here.

That's called "3rd party content" and it's public information based on your Facebook or Twitter profiles; you can turn it off (or it will never display info if you have not connected your F or T accounts with hotmail).

In Outlook settings I found no option for adds...

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 05:26

32. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

I have no problem with apps (like Siri, GN) accessing my content in a secure way (so secure that Google, Apple or other company can't store, share, modify it without my express consent; see Touch ID - my prints are mine alone, iCloud - content can be accessed by Apple and by 3rd party persons only by court order or by me allowing that etc).
I, however, have a big problem when a company pushes adds based on my personal conversations.

You can accept live streaming to Google with you taking a dump, if that's both your choice; but don't ask me to do the same and don't act like it's normal for a company to watch me taking my dump.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 05:56

33. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

-it has been for over a year, I know I used the service so nice try

-if you actually read Google privacy policy as opposed to just quoting A SMALL fraction you will find that Google only does that If you Let them read it(under gmail settings) , and even if you do data is anonymously collected to group users into categories, by posting a fraction of the TOS I got you right where I wanted. I just did what you did pal. Now can we cut the bs? Thank you

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 06:41

34. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

- I'm inclined to believe my phone and sites like androidauthority or xda.
Half a year ago, when I bought an iPhone, neither one of default email client on HTC and Samsung, other mail app on Android (like k9), default mail client on iPhone, Mailbox pushed mails so I ditched Gmail and switched to iCloud.
This option is at most 1 month old (as One M8 default mail client is having problems pushing G mails).

- I have red Google, Apple and MS terms and conditions when I switched from Gmail.
There's nowhere to be found what you have said. You automatically opt to allow Google to read your emails.

Please tell me how can I stop Google from sharing my personl information with 3rd party companies, if that is something I do not want it to do:


posted on 16 Jun 2014, 09:03

35. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

In outlook.com the settings ...its a lil link under the ad...like in Gmail its a lil question mark above the ad.

As for 3rd party content, it says specifically in the outlook ad settings its either personalized or generic ads: one or the other. Personalized would be based on search results and other things.

Just like Gmail ads.

Only major difference is I can outright block every ad in Gmail if I chose to, in outlook I cant.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 09:09 1

36. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Well looks like MS was just as guilty as their privacy policy has changed recently and it specifically says:

As part of our ongoing commitment to respecting your privacy, we won't use your documents, photos or other personal files or what you say in email, chat, video calls or voice mail to target advertising to you.

The new updates to these will take effect on July 31, 2014. If you continue to use our services after July 31, 2014, you agree to the updated terms or, if you don't agree, you can cancel your service at any time."

As in they did the exact same thing in outlook.com before the changes.. seems like in their other online services too.

Cant always single out 1 company when others do it too.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 11:21

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

- is your phone a windows phone device? if it is then is MS the one not supporting imap. not Google, a quick Google (or bing search) will turn with news dated from 2012 soooooo....

-like I said you selectively read the policy, not only ignoring the fact that they have a unified policy which possess parts from YouTube and other social media services witch are public data you ALREADY SHARE. the rest is ANONIMUS data used for trends
"We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.

If Google is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy."

from its own privacy policy

also have you actually read iads?

"Precision ad targeting is key not only to the success of your campaign, but also to the experience of our users. Somewhere within our nearly 600 million iTunes accounts is the exact group of people you want to reach. You can use our audience insights to understand what they care about so that your message will resonate. Our targeting is built upon a foundation of registration and media consumption data that's exclusive to iAd. Whether you need specialized insights around their lifestyle, purchase habits, or want to reach your own customers, we’ve got you covered"


so yeah they are basically telling people on their ad network they will know about your tastes and you will get targeted ads base on that, does it sound familiar? YEAH IT DOES it sounds like Google

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 14:47

38. Leo_MC (Posts: 2321; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Up until 2014 I have used BB, iPhone and Android. In 2014 I bought a new iPhone - that's my everyday phone, I put the Android in a drawer (I would have gave it for free but I'm keeping it for tests) and took out the old Nokia E for my business line.

- This is an official Google anouncement called "Google Sync End of Life":

Now, do you still have the audacity to say Google is pushing mails to default mail clients on Android phones?! (IMAP is NOT push email).

- My quote is from "Information we share" chapter of Google Terms. What would you have wanted me to share, the Overview?!
Google has the right to share one's mail contents (one's personal corespondence), get this into you thick skull.

Apple, on the other hand, only read one's mail (the personal corespondence) with a court order.
I quoted from iCloud mail service Terms, you quoted from iAds which is a different service.

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