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Google to include people's Gmail in search results

1:07 am on Aug 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google is creating an information bridge between its influential internet search engine and its widely used Gmail service in its latest attempt to deliver more personal responses more quickly.

The experimental feature unveiled today will enable Google's search engine to mine the correspondence stored within a user's Gmail account for any data tied to a search request. For example, a query containing the word "Amazon" would pull emails with shipping information sent by the online retailer.

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Imagine that...
3:00 am on Aug 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Blending email information into general search results could raise privacy worries. Google is trying to mitigate that by showing Gmail results in a collapsed format that users must open to see the details. For now, users must sign up to participate.

I do not have a gmail account, and regardless how they might scan the emails, I would not want Google or anyone else searching through them for any reason. I see major lawsuits coming out of this even if you have to sign up for it.

7:42 pm on Aug 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Is it JUST for gmail accounts?

Here in the UK NTL, one of the major ISPs, uses G as a mail provider. Do these emails go via G's servers and if so will they be included in this insidious (and probably exploitable) "service"?