Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Search history? I understood that he used gmail and after that the ads started to appear, which means Google scans email. Not cool.
Every email provider automatically scans mail. Most do it only for viruses and spam (remember the big hullabaloo when people found out Apple's server was deleting emails containing "barely legal teen"?). However, I've read that Google's hotword scanner also uses it for ads. I think that you can change that by signing into your ad controls at the URL below, and going down to the "opt out" section:
You can also see the ad interest profile they've built up on you, and delete the categories you don't care about any more. (I do that whenever I get too many ads about something I've already bought.)
I wish Apple had a similar dashboard for the iAds profile they've built up using iTunes, etc.
Bingo. That's why I don't like stuff that's free. Because there is no such thing. Someone, somewhere, put in an effort. And that has to be paid for. In whichever way.
That's a good point that many forget... that someone has to pay somewhere.
But, hmm. Aren't you using this website for free? Also Wolfram Alpha, Yahoo and Google via Siri for free? You must not be too much against free.
Edited by KDarling - 7/25/13 at 11:17am