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  •  Fairly easy way to test that (8+ / 0-)

    Have a closed group of people who have never been targeted for advertising by a certain advertiser discuss them or their products in private emails, while making sure to not do or discuss anything online having to do with this advertiser or their products. If any of these people start seeing ads related to this advertiser, we can deduce that Google is indeed spying on email.

    Trolling for ad targets is probably why Google would do this, at least for its own purposes, at least on the corporate level. Who knows what the techies are doing for their own jollies.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 03:04:59 PM PDT

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    •  While I suppose Google could do this... (1+ / 0-)
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      If you ever did anything that let them associate your email address with your IP address, I think people vastly overestimate Google's ability to target advertisements.

      About all I've ever seen from their targeted ads is that when I do a navigational search for Vanguard, Vanguard ads follow me around for a few days.  Or when I search for information on graphics cards, ads for graphics cards from various sites follow me around for a few days.

      Right now I'm seeing a DoubleClick ad for women's clothing...  I'm a single guy, and I rarely buy clothing for myself, let alone anyone else, regardless of gender.  And I don't share my PC with anyone else.

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