Hungry Man wrote:I agree, you can create heuristics for language, even context and grammar. What I meant was that at a basic level when a program parses it can only "understand" what it's programmed to understand.
You are right of course. I didn't mean to argue that, was just saying if there was a malicious intent, the heuristics can do more than just dumb checking for keywords.
It is a good point though that you can create more complicated (entirely feasible, of course, and we see it in Word and other products) heuristics to check for context and grammar.
Yeah, in something like a word processor or research tool or proofing software, a blessing, but in the wild can potentially be detrimental to any degree of privacy.
I just wanted to point out that every mail client that provide any decent spam protection will scan your attachments and emails for signature terms, phrases, words, or even "tones."
Agreed and understood. I was just providing some additional perspective in support of what you had said to point out there is even more that can happen, let alone the basic function we have come to expect and use. Sort of user beware kind of thing.
At some point, we have given up some degree of control over our information, but if we understand how much, at least we can mitigate it by not being ignorant about who/or what gets to see what we say and maybe be more careful about it.
Side note: Good to see you man, hope you've been well.