In the statement, Google senior vice-president, Diane Greene, said the move was created to align the company's consumer offering with its other products, including its business offering, G Suite.
While Google has stated it won't be scanning personal Gmail accounts for providing ads, the process will still be in practice for other purposes.
Google says it is going to stop searching the email of its users to sell online advertisements.
For those who don't know G Suite is Google's solution for enterprises.
First just go to My Account.google.com, and make sure you are signed in.
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Ad personalization, meanwhile, is based on inputs such as browser history and views on other Google-affiliated sites such as YouTube.
Does Google now garner enough information from other data streams (social media, search, Android) that it can now abandon email scanning entirely?
Email scanning for ads has always been controversial- a system that many civil rights campaigners have criticised as an invasion of privacy.
According to Diane Greene, senior vice president at Google Cloud, the decision reflects the company's desire to bring its consumer product more in line with its enterprise service, which she said had more than doubled in use in the past year. Google Cloud provides software as a service called G-Suite which allows people to access services like Gmail, document creating/editing software and cloud storage all from the Internet. There are no changes to G Suite which already has email scanning disabled and provides an ad-free inbox. They are only changing the use of inbox scanning with regards to how those ads are chosen to appear.
Paying Gmail users aren't shown ads and their inboxes aren't scanned. But the fact that Google did scan emails from free Gmail customers meant that some businesses didn't trust it.