Google has added a paragraph to its Terms of Service explaining that all emails going through the system are scanned for content. This move comes as the internet giant is experience a lawsuit against its email scanning policy; which some users say is a breach of privacy.
The new terms read: “Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.”
While users have been vaguely aware that Google scans everything that goes through its servers, several email users in America has proceeded to sue on the basis that scanning email is a breach of wiretapping laws. The lawsuit is still awaiting judgement, but it would appear that Google is moving to cover any potential claims against it in the future.