Google is changing the way it displays adverts in its Apps packages for business, government and education customers, in light of a legal challenge.
Google touted the change with specific reference to users of its education tools. The move to remove advertising will impact around 30 million users of its Google Apps for Education package. It added that other Apps users, such as business customers, will soon get the same benefit.
Bram Bout, Google for Education director, 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."
The US District Court for the Northern District of California has considered a lawsuit brought to it by student and teacher plaintiffs about Google's app adverts and their relation to US wiretap laws. In March Judge Lucy Koh declined to hear the cases jointly, meaning that claimants will have to make individual approaches.
There is not much detail on the rollout to other users, but Bout said that even legacy, free Apps would be included. "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," he said.
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