Google: Gmail Users Can’t Legitimately Expect Privacy


google-caffeineGoogle doesn’t believe that people can reasonably expect their emails to stay private.

At least, that’s what the internet giant articulated in a brief that was filed last month in federal court and recently surfaced by Consumer Watchdog. The document was written in response to a class-action lawsuit accusing Google of violating wiretap law when it scans emails to serve up targeted ads.

Plantiffs accuse Google of violating the privacy of its users by mining their personal messages for information that it uses to inform which targeted ads it displays. The suit calls for Google to fully disclose exactly what information it’s taking from emails, and to pay damages for these alleged violations of privacy. (You can read a redacted version of the complaint here).

The company argued in its motion to dismiss the lawsuit that “all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing.” (You can read the full motion here).

Google asserts that, in principle, if you entrust your personal messages to a third party, you can’t expect that the third party won’t touch any of that information. Read more at Huffington Post.

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  1. Any electronic communication is stored on servers somewhere and con be accessed by personnel. A record of anything you do on the internet is available on your ISP’s servers.
    Expect any app that you put on your smart phone to be sending data on your use of that app back to the author of that app. Put a data monitor on your phone and you’ll see it happening.
    In brief, anything you do via a connection is recorded. This was always true to a certain extent even before computers. Your phone company needed to bill you monthly and to do that and defend any challenge to the accuracy of the bill, every call had to be recorder as to when you called, what number was called and the duration of that call.
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  2. One day everything will be leaked to the public by some wikileaks type person and everyones browsing history will be available for the whole world to see. Even now Google could release a statistic of people who search for Torah and bad things also from the same ip. Just something to think about. Sof Davar Hakol Nishma (see targum).