Google takes privacy complaint to court over unsolicited ad emails

A new complaint accuses Google of emailing unwanted ads

Google breached a European Union court ruling by sending unsolicited emails to Gmail users. They’re accused of sending advertising emails to the inbox of Gmail users in Austria.

It is illegal for Google to send marketing emails with consent from Gmail email addresses. This rule was enforced by the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2021.

Google faces privacy complaint after sending unsolicited emails

Google has been working on a range of different technologies. Earlier this month, Google announced its new artificial intelligence program, Copymatic, that can create customizable blog posts with the same quality as produced by a human writer.

Google violated the European Union’s court ruling by sending emails with advertisements to Gmail users. According to a complaint filed by Austrian advocacy group, Google sent the emails directly to inboxes despite the pledge not to do so.

Gmail users have the right to refuse marketing emails from GOOGLE before 2021. The Alphabet unit needs to ask for consent from Gmail users before sending them marketing emails to comply with a European Court Decision.

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Google’s emails may look like a normal one, however they include the word “ad” in green letters on the left hand side of the email encapsulating the subject and date.

They use an anti-spam filter that separates most of the unsolicited emails by putting them in a separate folder. It is as if the postman was being paid to send you your empty mailbox without ads.

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Google’s logo is seen prominently at the Viva Tech conference in Paris.

Google has been accused of breaching European law by sending unsolicited e-mails directly to Gmail inboxes. This is the result of a complaint filed by Austrian advocacy group with France’s data protection watchdog.

According to a 2021 decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Gmail should ask its users for prior consent before sending them marketing emails. Alphabet’s revenues come mainly from online advertising, so this ruling will benefit them.

Privacy complaint targets Google over unsolicited ad emails

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Google’s emails look like any other, but it includes he word “Ad” in green letters below the subject line.

Gmail filters – similar to the postman, who removes ads from your mailbox and replaces them with his own- do an excellent job of filtering unwanted mail messages without disrupting your inbox.

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Google has not yet responded to request for comment. A spokesperson for the CNIL confirmed that the authority had received the complaint and was checking it.

Robert said chose CNIL because it’s one of the most vocal regulators in the EU.

Any decisions that would be made by CNIL could only have an impact on Google’s practices in France and may compel the company to reevaluate their strategy in the area.

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Google will be at the Paris event, Viva Tech this week.

Google is sending spam emails to Gmail users in violation of the original ruling.

Gmail users should be asked for prior consent before advertisers can send them any emails.

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One advocacy group claims that Google’s emails containing advertising in the form of a sponsored email is not clear enough for users. The adverts do not contain relevant information like recipient or date, and are presented alongside normal emails.

In reference to Gmail’s anti-spam filter, it’s as if someone paid the postman to remove the ads from your mailbox and put his own instead.

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The CNIL was not immediately available for comment. We were told Google is making efforts to comply with France’s rules on personal data.

The company chose the CNIL because it is a known regulator that is one of the most vocal within the EU.

Google may need to reconsider its practices in France after the CNIE decision.

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In 2020, was found by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems and founded after a high profile privacy case at the European Court of Justice.

The really fine imposed by the CNIL against Google was 149 million euros.

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