Google admits they read your email
Raise your hand if you use Gmail. Now look around at your pals, who are ostensibly reading this with you and are perhaps one of 425 million Gmail users. Anyone sending email to those people apparently have no “reasonable expectation” that those communications are confidential, according to a court filing submitted by Google.
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is calling the filing a “stunning admission,” as noted by The Guardian. This, after Google and others in the industry have come under intense scrutiny in the blowback from the National Security Agency’s surveillance tactics.
“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.”
The filing came about during an attempt by Google to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accuses it of breaking wire tap laws when scanning email sent from non-Google accounts, all with the aim of targeting ads to Gmail users. Which is why when I get a shipping notification that my order of vintage Sweet Valley High novels is on its way, I get an ad from eBay displaying Sweet Valley High DVDs (the TV show was crap, eBay, but thanks).
According the suit, Google “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages.”
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