Microsoft Accuses Google of Reading Private Emails

Microsoft Accuses Google of Reading Private Emails

Last Updated: August 21, 2013

As part of its “Scroogled” campaign Microsoft has accused Google of reading private emails of its Gmail users.  Gmail’s recent redesign means that its inbox is now split into three sections, a Primary tab, a Social tab and a Promotions tab.  The Primary tab is your regular inbox, the Social tab is for social networking updates and the Promotions tab provides the user with marketing offers. On its Scroogled website Microsoft displays a video highlighting how Googles new layout works.

In the video Microsoft says “Your email provider should protect you from spam, but Google is now spamming Gmail users by placing ads in their in-boxes. Here’s how their new scheme works. Google goes through personal emails looking for keywords then uses that data to target you with junk mail.” The video continues with “Google delivers ads disguised as unread emails directly to your inbox.” “Once again Google crosses the line, they watch everything you do and use it to make a profit off of you.”  At the time of writing this Google have yet to respond to Microsoft’s claims.

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