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Gmail Users Have No "Reasonable Expectation" To Confidentiality

   
5:27 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing.

Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation a "stunning admission." It comes as Google and its peers are under pressure to explain their role in the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance of US citizens and foreign nationals.

"Google has finally admitted they don't respect privacy," said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director. "People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents' privacy, don't use Gmail."Gmail Users Have No "Reasonable Expectation" To Confidentiality [theguardian.com]
That suit, filed in May, claims Google "unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people's private email messages." It quotes Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman: "Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it."
According to Google: "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 communications are processed by the recipient's ECS [electronic communications service] provider in the course of delivery."
10:11 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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... and if you can't come up with six rebuttals to those quoted arguments right off the top of your head, you're just not trying.
5:17 pm on Aug 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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