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Gmail Can Now Tell Senders When A Recipient Opens An Email
Mail Online ^ | 12 February 2014 | Victoria Woollaston

Posted on 02/12/2014 6:07:13 PM PST by Windflier

If 'read receipts' on emails weren't annoying enough, a San Francisco-based firm has taken the art of tracking emails to the next level.

The Streak plugin lets Gmail account holders monitor which of their sent items have been opened, who opened them, the exact time they were opened and how many times those emails have been viewed since.

It also reveals details about the device used to read the email, and even the reader's approximate location.

Streak is aimed at sales and marketing professionals, and the company calls it a 'Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) in your inbox.'

However, the plugin can be installed by anyone using Gmail on Google Chrome and Safari.

Aside from tracking emails, the plugin can also track stories and keywords, and keep track of bookings made as part of a wedding or other event.

Once installed, users can set Streak's Email Tracking function to be enabled by default and each time they send an email, Streak will automatically track it.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: gmail; privacy; streak
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Full title: No excuse not to reply now! Gmail can now tell senders when a recipient opens an email – and even reveal where they were
1 posted on 02/12/2014 6:07:14 PM PST by Windflier
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To: Admin Moderator

FR search function was not working when I searched for this title on the site.


2 posted on 02/12/2014 6:08:57 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Creepy. I’m having the urge to learn how to write Android apps just so I can write a firewall to defeat this.


3 posted on 02/12/2014 6:10:00 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Windflier

I’m guessing this is not a function of gmail itself. Streak probably inserts code that signals back whenever something is viewed. Constant contact and mail chimp already do that cross platform. Every email you’ve already received from mass emailers already tracks all this stuff.


4 posted on 02/12/2014 6:10:39 PM PST by mongrel
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To: Still Thinking

Everything associated with Google is creepy.

Google is Evil.


5 posted on 02/12/2014 6:11:12 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Windflier

Wonder if it’ll also tell the sender that any of their crap via Gmail has been auto-shredded by my mail server w/o ever being glanced at ?


6 posted on 02/12/2014 6:14:21 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Windflier
I could've sworn I gmail'ed you about this already.
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7 posted on 02/12/2014 6:15:07 PM PST by BipolarBob
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To: DuncanWaring
Agreed .. Seriesly
8 posted on 02/12/2014 6:15:28 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Windflier

This is a plugin that has to be installed on the client? Can’t we just not install it?


9 posted on 02/12/2014 6:18:08 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Windflier

Things are getting creepy. Now there are firms that tell you when someone is searching for you, and, of course, they’d also tell others who you might be searching for. So, if you look up phone numbers or addresses of individuals on the net, they might get a report telling them that.

These net companies are connecting too many things that don’t really need to be connected.


10 posted on 02/12/2014 6:18:14 PM PST by Will88
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To: Windflier

It sounds like the services that attach an image or an html tag into the email. Possibly if you disable html in your email it won’t work. I’m not sure what I’m talking about, just a vague memory of something I read. Any sharper knives in the drawer that can tell us for sure?


11 posted on 02/12/2014 6:18:17 PM PST by Wage Slave
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To: BipolarBob
I could've sworn I gmail'ed you about this already.

You did, but I haven't opened it yet :-)

12 posted on 02/12/2014 6:22:26 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Still Thinking
Creepy. I’m having the urge to learn how to write Android apps just so I can write a firewall to defeat this.

I'll buy that for a dollar!

13 posted on 02/12/2014 6:23:07 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: mongrel
I’m guessing this is not a function of gmail itself. Streak probably inserts code that signals back whenever something is viewed.

Correct. It's an add on program.

14 posted on 02/12/2014 6:23:47 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: tomkat
Wonder if it’ll also tell the sender that any of their crap via Gmail has been auto-shredded by my mail server w/o ever being glanced at ?

I gotta get me one of those.

15 posted on 02/12/2014 6:24:30 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Ramius
Can’t we just not install it?

That's the way I understand it, however, anyone who's got this installed and uses Gmail, can tell whether you've opened their mail or not.

16 posted on 02/12/2014 6:25:32 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Gmail is one of the better programs for letting these services from taking you. It automatically disables them. You have to click view images for these to work.


17 posted on 02/12/2014 6:27:04 PM PST by mongrel
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To: mongrel

It should have read, “from tracking you.....”


18 posted on 02/12/2014 6:28:13 PM PST by mongrel
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To: Will88
Things are getting creepy. These net companies are connecting too many things that don’t really need to be connected.

I agree. It's getting to the point where our every movement will be watched, recorded, and cataloged, every waking minute of every day.

Rage against the machine!

19 posted on 02/12/2014 6:28:38 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

It’s been around for awhile. See spypig.com


20 posted on 02/12/2014 6:30:23 PM PST by Wage Slave
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To: Windflier

I use gmail but accessed through imap and a client that isn’t going to execute code so I don’t see how this would work.


21 posted on 02/12/2014 6:30:47 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: mongrel
You have to click view images for these to work.

Be nice if that's so, but the article says that this program can tell a sender when someone has opened an email you've sent them. You don't normally need to view images to do that.

22 posted on 02/12/2014 6:30:53 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
Even so the google beast and the meta data tracking is way more scary than the NSA.

There are two schools of thought, who cares, and submit as much conflicting info as possible into the machine.

23 posted on 02/12/2014 6:31:23 PM PST by theneanderthal
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To: Windflier

Yes, this service has been around for a while. My own experience - some time ago - is that it’s clunky and not worth the effort. Maybe they’ve upped their game, but I doubt it.


24 posted on 02/12/2014 6:32:32 PM PST by BlueCat
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To: mongrel
I’m guessing this is not a function of gmail itself.
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Getting a return receipt is not a new feature. I had it working with an Outlook email program used by the Federal government back in the 90s. I found it to be a helpful feature and would like to have on my email.
25 posted on 02/12/2014 6:32:39 PM PST by iontheball
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To: Windflier

This article is full of anti gmail hype. It’s a third party add on. Gmail is one of the more secure services for prevention of tracking if you’re the recipient. Don’t enable “view images” in gmail and you won’t be tracked. That’s all it takes.


26 posted on 02/12/2014 6:33:10 PM PST by mongrel
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To: mongrel

The way they used to do it was to embed a one pixel image in the email. The server storing the image can tell when the image is loaded.


27 posted on 02/12/2014 6:36:30 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

I did some more research and gmail now uses an intermediary server to send the image back. So there’s another layer of protection that makes it more difficult for the sender to discover your location.


28 posted on 02/12/2014 6:41:12 PM PST by mongrel
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To: Moonman62

How would it tell the difference between a user opening the message and, say, a spam filter like SpamAssassin doing it?


29 posted on 02/12/2014 6:42:25 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Windflier

I figgered people would. Screwgle probably wouldn’t host it in their store though, since it’s for defeating THEIR spying. Have to sell it on your own site.


30 posted on 02/12/2014 6:43:30 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: steve86
I use gmail but accessed through imap and a client that isn’t going to execute code so I don’t see how this would work.

Sounds like you're ahead of the curve of the average gmail user, but someone more knowledgeable about these things will have to answer the tech end of your question.

31 posted on 02/12/2014 6:43:35 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

I like it. We use it at the Naval Academy and it would be helpful knowing when people get their taskings. I applaud this but really for professional work only. I don’t need to know when my personal e-mails are read.


32 posted on 02/12/2014 6:46:35 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: steve86

If your imap client is set to automatically view images, you can be tracked. If you have a way to disable viewing images, you won’t be tracked.


33 posted on 02/12/2014 6:46:56 PM PST by mongrel
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To: Windflier

I can see how the “opening the one pixel image” would work, but the system still would not know who opened the message. I could forward a message without reading it or clicking any images and someone else could be opening it.


34 posted on 02/12/2014 6:47:03 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: mongrel
Gmail is one of the more secure services for prevention of tracking if you’re the recipient. Don’t enable “view images” in gmail and you won’t be tracked.

I'm not a Gmail user, but that's good to know. Thanks!

35 posted on 02/12/2014 6:48:06 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: theneanderthal
...the google beast and the meta data tracking is way more scary than the NSA.

I can see a digital privacy industry emerging from this widespread, endemic loss of personal anonymity and freedom. We're soon going to be dealing with 'the internet of things', wherein every electronic device is connected and trackable.

I already use Ghostery on my Firefox browser to disable website trackers.

36 posted on 02/12/2014 6:51:55 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier


             

37 posted on 02/12/2014 6:52:06 PM PST by tomkat
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To: iontheball
Getting a return receipt is not a new feature. I had it working with an Outlook email program used by the Federal government back in the 90s. I found it to be a helpful feature and would like to have on my email.

They call it a Read Receipt. It's part of the RFC standard for email, and falls under what are called DSNs (Delivery Status Notifications). These also include Delivery Receipts (a notification that your message was delivered to the recipients mailbox) and Non-Delivery Receipts (NDRs), otherwise known as a bounce notification.

Most email programs allow you to request Delivery and/or Read receipts when you send an email, but that's no guarantee the recipient's mail server or mail client will honor the request and send it.

On a related note, some people think it's great fun to find somone's computer unlocked at work and use it to send an email to "Everyone", and request delivery and read receipts. They immediately get spammed with delivery receipts, and they'll be getting read receipts for days.

38 posted on 02/12/2014 6:53:57 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: steve86
I can see how the “opening the one pixel image” would work, but the system still would not know who opened the message.

Did you mean that for Moonman at post 27?

39 posted on 02/12/2014 6:54:12 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: mongrel

No, YOU are propagating google hype.

Why? Because Google itself already has everyone who uses gmail (apparently you) agree that google can read your e-mail and use it to advertise to you.

Once google has “read” your e-mail (in other words, anything that passes through their server including replies to from your friends and correspondents) it is free game for saving, analysis, and use by google and whoever it permits to access their records (hrumph, en es aa and similars).

So YOU by using google mail have infected, with the google disease, all your friends who reply to you; because their replies, without their consent, will be sucked up into the gmail vacuum FOREVER to be used as google sees fit.

Friends don’t make friend deal with google or gmail.

You don’t know it apparently, and I am not trying to upset you, but it is actually incredibly rude to use gmail, and it is bad freeping on top of that. I an surprised that JimRob actually is willing to let people use gmail addresses for FR! Just shows their penetration into our society.

I am now beginning to officially refuse to correspond with anyone who uses gmail. So many people I work with use it, so pray for me please!


40 posted on 02/12/2014 6:55:28 PM PST by Weirdad (Orthodox Americanism: It's what's good for the world! (Not communofascism!))
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To: tomkat

What program is that screen grab from?


41 posted on 02/12/2014 6:55:29 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

He’s wrong. See post 40.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3122326/posts?page=40#40


42 posted on 02/12/2014 6:56:37 PM PST by Weirdad (Orthodox Americanism: It's what's good for the world! (Not communofascism!))
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To: Windflier

That’s not new, AFAIK. You could always send a “return receipt” with an email. Is it new for Gmail?


43 posted on 02/12/2014 6:57:46 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Windflier

(check freepmail)


44 posted on 02/12/2014 6:58:16 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Weirdad
I am now beginning to officially refuse to correspond with anyone who uses gmail. So many people I work with use it, so pray for me please!

I'll pray for us both, friend. I don't use Gmail, but lots of my customers do, and sometimes my income hinges on them receiving data from me via email in a timely manner.

45 posted on 02/12/2014 6:58:34 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Ramius; Windflier
This is a plugin that has to be installed on the client? Can’t we just not install it?

I'm thinking the client in this case is the email sender who can tell that you, as the recipient have opened it. The recipient can't do anything about it and wouldn't even know that it happened. My concern is that it also shows where you are. Potential to let people know when you are away from your house so the thieves can drop by while you are on vacation.

46 posted on 02/12/2014 6:59:37 PM PST by Teotwawki (For a person to get a thing without paying for it, another must pay for it without getting it.)
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To: Windflier
Cool! More jobs for techno the savvy.

Sadly that aint me, but I would like to invest in that endeavor.

47 posted on 02/12/2014 7:00:57 PM PST by theneanderthal
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To: Pearls Before Swine
That’s not new, AFAIK. You could always send a “return receipt” with an email. Is it new for Gmail?

I never used 'return receipt'. Did that let you know whether the recipient opened the email you sent them?

48 posted on 02/12/2014 7:01:04 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: tomkat

Thanks, bud.


49 posted on 02/12/2014 7:01:39 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Teotwawki
I'm thinking the client in this case is the email sender who can tell that you, as the recipient have opened it. The recipient can't do anything about it and wouldn't even know that it happened.

That's exactly how I understand the article. This is a function that operates from the sender's end, and allows them to know what you've done with the mail they've sent you without your express knowledge.

Very creepy stuff.

50 posted on 02/12/2014 7:03:41 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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