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Doug's Mailbag: Google's Rummaging Through Your Mail

Here's a couple of responses to Google's practice of checking in on your Gmail accounts:

Google scares the hell out of me. I see just too many articles about them detailing one privacy issue after another. "But Officer, it was an accident. I didn't mean to..." Yeah, right! I wonder how many we haven't heard about yet. I would never have a Gmail account except that they force you to get one when you get an Android phone. I have never used it and never intend to. I own my own domain and that's the only e-mail I use (except for my work address). At least Microsoft lets you use your real e-mail address when you register with them for TechNet services.
-Dana

I don't think I am surprised. I have noticed this for years with both Yahoo and Gmail. I use Yahoo when I really don't want to give out my e-mail, I go in once every few months, clean out the trash and go about my business. I use Gmail for a specific set of people and a Mac e-mail and my personal domain for mail that is important (more or less). I just assumed that any e-mail offered by a search engine has to make money for them somehow. Remember: TANSTAAFL (there ain't no such thing as a free lunch - Robert A. Heinlein).
-Vicke

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Posted by Doug Barney on 12/17/2010 at 1:18 PM


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