Privacy Police

If You’re Having an Affair, Probably Avoid Gmail

Just get a burner cell phone like a normal person.
Erik Schmidt in search of his "I care" face (Photo: Flickr)

Ask me if I care (Photo: Flickr)

In a move that will likely make no difference to politicians embroiled in as-yet-unreported sex scandals, Google has pretty much flat-out stated that it has a right to go through your email.

A motion filed on July 13 by Google’s attorneys “says Gmail users should assume that any electronic correspondence that’s passed through Google’s servers can be accessed and sued for an array of options, such as selling ads to customers,” RT reports.

From the motion:

“Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use Web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery … Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.’”

Fair enough–after all, this is a totally free service we’re talking about. And no matter how much we yammer on about privacy these days, we’re pretty sure nobody actually wants to pay good money for it.

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