[gaia e-mail] sanitizing web-bug images?

Axel axel.grude at googlemail.com
Fri Aug 17 09:34:37 UTC 2012

> Not just 1x1 size, just received a payment verification Email with the 
> following:<img width="0" height="0" src="http:blah/EmailTracking.serv?transaction 
> number.
> One wonders why a multi-billion dollar company would want to know that I read that 
> mail.(Remote content blocked BTW)
because they are a multi-billion dollar company? Of course the honest way would by 
prompting for a "read" receipt, but that would be regarded as a nuisance by many users.

I think the tracking aspect of verification aspects of that /might /be considered 
useful by companies like paypal etc. were it not so unreliable...

> JoeS
> On 8/15/2012 16:34, Andrew Sutherland wrote:
>> To be clear, I'm not proposing making it impossible to view embedded
>> images or external images in e-mails.  Both of those are totally
>> supported.  I am proposing automatically removing self-identified 1
>> pixel by 1 pixel external images since they are unlikely to be anything
>> other than web bugs and can add confusion since we will prompt the user
>> if they want to show that external image (which may be the only image).
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