Google Makes Changes to Images in Gmail

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Google has made changes to the way they display images in Gmail. Images are now displayed in messages automatically. And Gmail will now serve all images through Google's secure proxy servers.

In their blog post, Google says, "But thanks to new improvements in how Gmail handles images, you’ll soon see all images displayed in your messages automatically across desktop, iOS and Android. Instead of serving images directly from their original external host servers, Gmail will now serve all images through Google’s own secure proxy servers."

These changes are causing quite a stir, from email delivery companies saying that it's the end of geolocation and user agent tracking.

And then there's arstechnica saying that "Hosted images mean better privacy, faster load times, and less competition for Google.".