- Android Messages will soon have an automatic spam protection feature.
- The optional tool will send phone numbers to Google's servers, causing some privacy issues.
- Google is sure that automatic spam functionality is secure, but it will still allow users to unsubscribe.
Right now, a new feature in Android Messages is rolling out that will help automatically sort out any spam messages you receive. While everything that cuts spam, it's okay to get some privacy issues.
Android messages Users have already been able to report spam messages relatively easily. Just open the conversation, tap the menu icon, tap Details and then tap Block and report spam. After that, the messages disappear and Google logs in the information.
However, the new automatic spam feature will scan a call to find out if it is spam. If Google suspects a message is spammy, it will give you a notice asking if you want to block and report it. A quick tap on that alert starts this process.
Google makes it clear that during this process your phone number and the messages you send will not be scanned. But if you report a message as spam, Google logs that number and up to ten messages sent by the spammer (your answers, if any, are ignored).
Anything that involves Google scanning and storing messages is bound to cause controversy. Google's support page for this new automatic reporting feature attempts to prevent privacy issues by saying "information about your messages has been sent to Google without including the actual content or phone number" and Google "does not store your phone number or the contents of those messages." also that "the spammer will not see or know about your report."
If this is a concern for a user, they can always opt out of the automatic spam protection feature. Just go to Advanced Settings and turn it off (when the feature rolls fully).
What do you think? Do you want to turn this feature on or would you rather report the messages manually? Please let us know in the comments!