Google has announced to turn off the ads for the students and teachers using Google Apps for Education. The action was probably done under the light of past law suits and a recent one filed by the two Calif. students. Calif. students claimed that the Google is scanning their emails to target them with ads but, now Google has even lifted the “enable/disable” toggle. The ads have been permanently disabled for 30 million teachers and students using Google Apps for Education.
Google said, “We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable” toggle for ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console. This means ads in Apps for Education services are turned off, and administrators no longer have the option or ability to turn ads in these services on.We’ve permanently removed all ads scanning in Gmail for Apps for Education, which means Google cannot collect or use student data in Apps for Education services for advertising purposes.”
Google also said, “Users who have chosen to show AdSense ads on their Google Sites will still have the ability to display those existing ads on their websites. However, it will no longer be possible to edit or add new AdSense ads to existing sites or to new pages. We’re also making similar changes for all our Google Apps customers, including Business, Government and for legacy users of the free version, and we’ll provide an update when the rollout is complete.”
Google also included that it will be hosting a hangout event on Thursday, May 1 at 9:00 am PT to discuss the changes and for answering the questions people might have.
Company has received lawsuits regarding the violation of privacy laws from nine plaintiffs in the California only, where the other two students filed a lawsuit for Google to be more transparent about its act of data collection. Earlier Google said, “ads in Gmail are turned off by default for Google Apps for Education and we have no plans to change that in the future.”