Google, G-mail, Google+ and our Privacy

Yesterday, I received a mail from G-mail team in my account about enabling of a feature that will suggest Google+ contacts in G-mail, while composing a mail. Text of that mail is reproduced below verbatim:


Gmail update: Reach more people you know

Ever wanted to email someone you know, but haven’t yet exchanged email addresses? Starting this week, when you’re composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients, even if you haven’t exchanged email addresses yet.

How it works with email addresses Emailing Google+ connections works a bit differently to protect the privacy of email addresses. Your email address isn’t visible to your Google+ connections until you send them an email, and their email addresses are not visible to you until they respond.

Receiving email from people outside your circles If you receive an email from someone outside your circles, it will be filtered into the Social category of the inbox (if enabled) and only after you respond or add them to your circles, can they start another conversation with you.
How to control who can contact you You’re in control of whether people can reach you with a new setting in Gmail on the desktop. To learn more, check out the Help Center.
The Gmail Team
Now, the big questions are – Why will I ever want to send an e-mail to a person from my Google+ account? Is it really required? How I am going to be benefitted from this? Benefitted! No at all. I think so.
In Google+, there are persons that are following me and I don’t know them. Why will I want to send mail to such persons and why such persons should be the part of suggestion list, while composing a mail? If I ever want to contact such a person, I can do so through my Google+ account. To whom I want to send an e-mail, this should be on my sole discretion only and I will send mail only to those who I know reliably (read explicitly).
A good account of reactions on this feature can be found at
So, why this feature? This is just a part of large game of online ads. Every online and Internet company like Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc. wants to encash this segment. More personalised mean more revenue to these companies. Google being the largest and most monopolistic player of this segment has to constantly do something that will eventually help maintain its lead and monopoly over other players of the game. And, this happens at the price of our privacy. Privacy of users is something that can be compromised for the sake of money. So, only wise thing is the keep protecting our privacy by every possible means and raise our voice against every such step that can breach this.
How to set that Google+ contact do not appear in suggestion list:
1. Goto G-mail settings.
2. Look of option – “Email via Google+” under General tab.
3. Select the option “No one” in the drop down list for the question “Who can email you via your Google+ profile?”

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