Google modifies default e-mail privacy settings for 'high-profile' users

By on January 14, 2014, 8:00 AM

Google has received some flak over the past few days for a new feature in Google+ that allows users to e-mail others without actually knowing their address. But there’s a solution on the horizon – that is, if you’re a high-profile user with thousands of followers.

By default, the new feature allows anyone on Google+ to send e-mails to anyone else, even if they aren’t in a circle. Celebrities and other high-profile users, however, can only be contacted by those in their circles by default.

Regular users can still adjust the level of privacy or opt-out completely but by default, it’s wide open. To do so, simply head over to your Gmail account and go to the settings page. Once in the General tab, scroll down to open the pull down menu in the Email via Google+ section to view the options. You’ll need to be sure to save the changes before exiting, of course.

Google has apparently been sending out two different versions of the announcement via e-mail. For most, they’ll get the “anyone on Google+” notice shown above while those with a large number of followers are being sent the slightly modified message seen below.

While there’s little doubt that high-profile users will likely be the target of unwanted messages more often than the average Joe, the fact that Google is implementing different defaults based on followers alone all but proves that they are aware of how invasive and potentially annoying the feature really is.




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2 people like this | Guest said:

So why isn't this a default for everyone? Why should high profile users be treated as they're above everyone else? I don't deserve to get stalked anymore than the next person. ID10Ts!

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I quickly figured it out without the help of this article but appreciated nonetheless. Now if only I could figure out what the stars next to the messages are for... Oh well it's not important to me and I don't care.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Simple fix! Add anyone and everyone to your friends list and become a high profile user. lol

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Mmm yes not impressive that the invasive value is the default. Who are they trying to compete with? Facebook?

Guest17 said:

How do you spell Google? E-V-I-L. Wait and see.

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