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Google explains digital fingerprints that caught Gmail offender

Google explains digital fingerprints that caught Gmail offender

Google's decision to notify law enforcement of a Gmail user sharing indecent photos of children reignited questions around what privacy the company provides, but Google has stepped forward with new details on how, exactly, its monitoring system worked. A Houston man was arrested last week after Google informed police in Texas that he had been sharing child pornography with his Gmail account; that content, Google says now, has a special digital fingerprint which distinguishes it from other materials.

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Google tipped authorities on man’s illegal email content

Google tipped authorities on man’s illegal email content

It is always a reason for rejoicing when technology is applied to bring law offenders to justice, but there is a difference between use and abuse. Google might be treading that very thin line again when it alerted authorities that a certain man's emails contained explicit content of a child, eventually leading to his arrest by Houston police.

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Google hit with Gmail warrant as part of investigation

Google hit with Gmail warrant as part of investigation

A suspect who has not been named is the target of a money laundering investigation, and as part of this probe, Google will be required to hand over access to this person's Gmail account. The ruling, made earlier today, has raised concerns.

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Goldman Sachs wants mistaken Gmail message deleted

Goldman Sachs wants mistaken Gmail message deleted

On June 23, a Goldman Sachs worker mistakenly sent an email containing confidential information to a random Gmail account, putting the client's data at risk. Google responded to the mistake by blocking access to the email upon request, but now Sachs is seeking more.

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Researcher uncovers method to harvest every Gmail address

Researcher uncovers method to harvest every Gmail address

This week a security researcher by the name of Oren Hafif revealed a method for collecting every single Gmail address in existence. This method was not a hack - nor was it necessarily a bug - but with a lot of patience (or a simple computer program), a spammer could have collected all Gmail addresses ever used. Hafif’s method ran for two hours and collected 37,000 addresses.

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Google takes a dig at NSA with Easter Egg

Google takes a dig at NSA with Easter Egg

In October 2013, The Washington Post reported on an analysis of documents obtained from Edward Snowden in which details about the NSA's interception of Google and Yahoo data transmissions were revealed. Among the information were a couple slides that were revealed, one in particular that was said to have riled Google workers.

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Gmail reveals how much of your email is secret

Gmail reveals how much of your email is secret

Just added to Google’s Transparency Report this week is Gmail, with a section called "Email encryption in transit". This report shows, "generally speaking", how much of your email is encrypted going in and out of Gmail. While Google appears to have some control over this, responsibility for security also lies in the hands of the email client you’re communicating with.

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Gmail changes for Android leak via Google+

Gmail changes for Android leak via Google+

A few pictures of a revamped Gmail for Android have surfaced, showing a slight update to the app. It reminds many of the Google+ update that slid in recently, and seems to get away from the slide-out menu in favor of drop-downs. A floating compose button is also eerily similar to the Google+ Android app.

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Gmail for Android update brings save-to-Drive option

Gmail for Android update brings save-to-Drive option

Google is in the process of updating Gmail for Android, tossing some new functionality into the mix that further expands its usefulness for mobile users. Most notable among the new features is the ability to save email attachments directly to Drive, side-stepping the process of saving to the device and then uploading to Drive.

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Hold on tight, a huge Gmail update is coming

Hold on tight, a huge Gmail update is coming

Google is readying a significant - and potentially controversial - Gmail update for the desktop, leaked screenshots of the new interface suggest, making considerable changes that may take some getting used to. The email service has, since its inception ten years ago, been conservative in how it has evolved, but a more revolutionary change in line with a mobile UI update is believed to be in the works.

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Google steps out of students’ inboxes

Google steps out of students’ inboxes

Google will no longer go scanning through the Gmail accounts of students and other education users, promising that it will no longer be collecting or using their private data for advertising. The company had already switched off adverts for those using Google Apps for Education by default, but from today will also completely remote the option to turn them back on.

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Google Terms of Service updated with email scanning notice

Google Terms of Service updated with email scanning notice

In light of a recent legal spat, Google has updated its Terms of Service to notify Gmail users of automatic email analysis. The purpose is for targeting advertisements to the user, among other things, something many feel is an invasion of privacy.

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