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Gmail image handling change criticised for privacy implications

John E Dunn | Dec. 18, 2013
Helpful change or spammers' delight?

But it's also true that many non-technical users will not understand the privacy and security downsides of making image handling more convenient.

"If Gmail starts to cache images as email is received and *BEFORE* the user reads the message, the tracking aspect will be resolved, but it does open the door to malicious request proxying in a much more aggressive form," said Moore.

 

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