Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jun 2011 19:48 UTC
Google Well, here we have another attempt. After the failure of the overly complicated Google Wave (remember that? It was supposed to change the world and all that), Google is undertaking another attempt at social networking. It's called Google+. Update: Forget the crap I wrote here, this article is seven pages on insider information on Google+. Surprised by the beautiful interface? It's been designed by Andy Hertzfeld. The Andy Hertzfeld.
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RE[3]: Google? What's that?
by cmchittom on Wed 29th Jun 2011 19:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Google? What's that?"
cmchittom
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2011-03-18

Email is private. End of story. Full stop.


Why?

That's a serious question, incidentally. System administrators have always been able to read your mail, absent some use of cryptography. My workplace has a policy that I agreed to as a condition of employment that I have no expectation of privacy in (amongst other things) my work email. Why is it some sort of moral(?) imperative that email be private in all cases?

Google has no business at all scanning my private email to build an advertising profile about me.


Since Google does in fact have a business doing exactly that, I'm guessing that you're arguing that they should not scan email. Again: why? It's not like the people using GMail (myself among them) don't know what's going on. If they're willing to provide me with an email service in exchange for scanning my email and showing me ads, and I'm okay with that, why shouldn't Google be in that business?

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RE[4]: Google? What's that?
by pantheraleo on Wed 29th Jun 2011 22:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Google? What's that?"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

[q]Email is private. End of story. Full stop.


Why?

My workplace has a policy that I agreed to as a condition of employment that I have no expectation of privacy in (amongst other things) my work email.


Your place of work is a little different, because you should only be using your work account for work related issues anyway.

Since Google does in fact have a business doing exactly that, I'm guessing that you're arguing that they should not scan email. Again: why?


Well, again if you are OK with it, then I guess that's your business. If you don't mind Google's policy of indefinite data retention meaning that Google's profile is basically a "This is your life" document. Medical problems you have had, legal problems, divorces, marriages, breakups, what kind of food you eat, what what kind of cars you like to drive, what stores you visit, what times you often visit them, the fact that you have herpes, etc. If it has ever been mentioned in any email you have ever received or sent that was not encrypted, Google's scanners have read it and possibly added it your demographic profile.

Maybe you are OK with Google having that much information about you, but I'm not. It's called privacy. And if Microsoft were doing it to you, I bet you'd be screaming about privacy invasion. But for some reason, people seem to think Google can do no wrong. Like I said, Google fanboys are as bad as Apple fanboys.

Edited 2011-06-29 22:19 UTC

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