Google Prepared To Make Gmail Changes

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Ever since Google announced the launch of its email service, Gmail, the search engine has seen no end to criticism and discussion surrounding their proposed method of scanning incoming emails for the purposes of ad placement.

Now, according to the OaklandTribune.com, Google seems to be willing to allow accommodations for some of the controversial features Gmail offers. Senator Liz Figueroa (D-CA), who initiated a bill that would outlaw the placing of ad within emails without user consent, said that Google has been “very cooperative” in dealing with her privacy concerns.

Google and Figueroa have not stated what changes Google has been willing to enact.

Other privacy opponents haven’t had as much success in dealing with Google and some of the issues surrounding Gmail. Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum in San Diego spoke about Google’s unwillingness to communicate with them:

“They’re working the Senate and the Assembly with highly paid lobbyists. There’s indication of interest among 31 consumer groups nationally and internationally. The company absolutely is not willing to work with us on this. They won’t return e-mails or phone calls. We (privacy groups) are small nonprofits with slim resources. We don’t even feel like we’re David.”

This brings up an interesting question. Is Google now only responding to big money and Washington power-player criticisms?

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