Since the launch of Gmail, Google has been scanning emails in order sell targeted ads. Now the company will discontinue this practice. The company said: Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change. This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products. Ads shown are based on users’ settings. Users can change those settings at any time, including disabling ads personalization. The company also claimed that over 1.2 billion people now use the G Suite Gmail service and the free consumer Gmail service, and that more than 3 million paying companies use G Suite. One of the probable reasons why Google has made this decision now is because Amazon and Microsoft have been dominating the cloud services space: Amazon mainly with hosting services and Microsoft with its suite of corporate productivity services. Companies have been wary of Google's email scanning practice in the past, even though it was limited to the free consumer service and not G Suite, and preferred others. This latest move might bring some of them back to G Suite. However, Google will still have search histories, YouTube browsing and Chrome activities to shift through to place ads. Google AdWords email targeting: Back in September 2015, Google had launched a couple of new features for AdWords, including the ability for advertisers to target customers by their email ID’s. The Customer Match feature works by allowing advertisers to upload a list of email addresses, which are then matched to…
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