Android Messages’ automatic spam protection

In the recent years with the advancement of technology, the amount of spam messages and mails have drastically increased. This is due to the endless sign ups that we participate in every day. Spam mails and messages pilling up in your inboxes over time is a disheartening emotion. It can be so annoying when you have so many unwanted messages when you unlock your phone. Perhaps most people don’t have the time and patience to find a permanent solution on this.

Eventually, Google has taken notice of this issue and decided to do something about it. Google has confirmed that a solution for the spam issue has been rolling out to some users already. This is probably an automatic protection to spam messages on Android. The application basically analyzes messages that are sent to you in order to detect and proactively block spam messages. The analysis begins once you provide access to your data. Although, there is another issue that raises along with this solution. Privacy becomes a concern with the way the feature stores the associated phone numbers.


In Detail about spam

Automatic spam protection, which is opt-out by default, can be turned off from within the advanced settings menu. Google did not announce the commencement for the rollout of the new feature. Although they mentioned that it’s currently being released gradually in a few countries. Also, the company plans to release it more widely “in the coming months.”

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Google was quick to respond on the privacy concerns about the way the feature tracks and stores details about the messages sent. Google now collects and temporarily stores phone numbers from the messages sent to you. Here is an official statement that Google provided for TheVerge that explains this:

“To help identify spammers, Google temporarily stores the phone numbers of people sending and receiving messages with you and the times they messaged with you but does not store your phone number or the content of these messages.”

Google also goes on explain that apart from the them working in the background, if you manually report a spam, then the contents of the message too are most likely to be sent to Google.

What do you think of this feature? Will you opt-in on this feature for automatic spam protection? Or  manually report your spam mails manually or better yet just go on to ignore them? Let us know in the comments below.

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