Make Sure Google Isn't Spying On Your Gmail Account

Our US sibling site Gawker has a rather disturbing roundup of how Gmail mines through your contacts data in order to encourage you to integrate other social networking or email accounts into your Google account. If you'd rather not have that happen, here's how to fix it.

To switch off that option, go to the Settings link (in the top right corner when you're logged into Gmail), choose the Accounts and Import tab, and click on the link that says 'Other Google Account settings' in the first section:

This will open your main Google Account page. Under the Personal Settings section, click on 'View and manage your accounts from other services'.

(You should be able to get straight to this setting via this link, but direct Google account links can sometimes behave oddly, so I've detailed the full process as well.)

At the very bottom of the screen, there's a link that says 'Use my Google contact information to suggest accounts from other sites.' (as pictured at the top of the post). Make sure you deselect the check box next to this. When you do, Google automatically saves that preference — there's no confirmation or save button to click.


    have been trying to deselect this but all I keep getting is "There was a problem saving your information. Please try again"


    Just tried it then using the direct link and it worked a treat.

    "There was a problem saving your information. Please try again."

    Apparently Google don't care for my privacy..But we already knew that.

    Who has 49k emails in their inbox? Heard of archive?

      Short answer: someone who uses Gmail for backup, not as their main email service.

        Touché !!!

    What about Goggle Apps?

    I've just tried with and without administrator privileges. To no avail. Turns out I'm not privileged enough to administer my own or my domains privacy.

    Yep, I also get the error "There was a problem saving your information. Please try again". Looks like some people can't opt out!?

    Looks like Google Apps users cannot use that feature for now. I wonder how long Google will take to fix this unfortunate bug.

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