bird - 2:05 pm on Aug 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
Consumerwatchdog doesn't seem to live quite in the same world as I do.
"if you care about your email correspondents’ privacy don’t use Gmail.”
If you care about the privacy of your correspondence, don't use (unencrypted) email at all.
“sending an email is like giving a letter to the Post Office,” said Simpson.
The relevant analogy to email was never an enveloped letter, but always a postcard that anyone along the way can read with no problems.
why would I expect its content will be intercepted by Google and read?
According to US wiretapping laws, no processing done by a mail service provider using their own equipment can be considered "interception".
Of course, the court has the final word. But it would be very interesting to see their legal arguments should they end up deciding against Google. Similar past cases have been dismissed out of hand for the mentioned reasons.