[INDOLOGY] Academia.edu and privacy issues

Harry Spier vasishtha.spier at gmail.com
Wed Nov 25 02:55:03 UTC 2020

What I found most disturbing on going thru gmail's privacy policy was that
it said:
We also collect the content you create, upload, or receive from others when
using our services. This includes things like email you write and receive,
photos and videos you save, docs and spreadsheets you create, and comments
you make on YouTube videos.

But I couldn't find any statement that they don't sell this content.

Harry Spier

On Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 9:46 PM Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is worrying.  I've been getting Academia.edu "push" suggestions too,
> but I haven't connected them with my emails.
> Gmail emails are encrypted by default, end-to-end.  TLS encryption (as
> long as the recipient has TLS too).  So Academia.edu can't see them.
> Google searches are public (see the fascinating Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, *Everybody
> Lies*), but not *who* did the searching afaik.
> It's hard to know how this is happening, but it is a bit creepy.  I'll ask
> the Academia.edu people.
> Best,
> Dominik
> On Tue, 24 Nov 2020 at 16:06, Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>> Dear list members,
>> I'm sharing this with the list since so many members also use
>> Academia.edu.
>> A while back I had an email exchange with a list member and the same day
>> I received an email from Academia.edu highlighting a paper by the list
>> member I'd just been emailing.  Today I received an email from a colleague
>> not a member of Academia.edu. That email discussed a particular hymn and
>> had the hymns name in the email title.  Within 15 minutes of receiving that
>> email,  I received an email from Academia.edu highlighting an article about
>> the hymn I'd just been emailed about.
>> I use Gmail.  I think this means that if you are a Academia.edu member
>> and also a gmail user, then  Academia.edu knows who and when you email
>> someone or someone emails you, the title of the email and possibly the
>> contents of the email.
>> As far as I can see looking at the Gmail privacy, Gmail doesn't say they
>> don't share email contents and I think  to join Academia.edu you have to
>> give them access to your contents list.
>> I've removed Academia.edu from access to my contacts list and hopefully
>> this will solve the problem.
>> Thanks,
>> Harry Spier
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