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Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans

Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans

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Google's decision to stop scanning Gmail users' emails in order to target them with personalised adverts has been given a qualified welcome by privacy campaigners.The tech firm revealed the change in a blog at the end of last week.Google promised to make the move before the year's end to bring the consumer version of Gmail in line with its business edition.The firm had faced much criticism over the years for the scans.Gmail manThe measure helped justify the cost of offering the public one gigabyte of "free" webmail storage in 2004 - an offer that was so much greater than the competition at the time that many originally believed it to be a joke.However, UK-based campaign group Privacy International tried to block the scans once it became apparent they were the cost of signing up to the serv...
Dozens of Parliamentary email accounts hacked

Dozens of Parliamentary email accounts hacked

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A cyberattack on Parliament has compromised dozens of email accounts belonging to parliamentarians, according to Sky sources.On Saturday hackers attacked the email server for Parliament. This prompted the digital security team to shut down external access to MPs and peers' email accounts, which are still unavailable.While the attack has now been contained, preliminary investigations suggest that there may have been a compromise of a large number of communications, potentially including those between constituents and their elected officials.Parliament's digital security team is continuing to investigate the attack.But a statement from a parliamentary spokesperson confirmed claims by Sky sources and stated that "significantly fewer than 1% of the 9,000 accounts on the parliamentary network" ...