Google Stops Mining Student Gmail Accounts To Target Ads
Further, “We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable” toggle for ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console,” wrote Google for Education’s Bram Bout. “This means ads in Apps for Education services are turned off and administrators no longer have the option or ability to turn ads in these services on.”
In the post, Bout also defended Google for Education, noting that the company always had ads in Apps for Education services switched off by default and removed all ads entirely from Google searches for signed-in K-12 users.
He also said that Google employs some 400 security engineers to work on Gmail, ensuring strong security through encrypted HTTPS.
The changes might not save Google from litigation, but if nothing else, it’s a step in the right direction.