posted on Jan, 31 2005 @ 03:18 AM
Originally posted by UmbraxAnyone hear anything about privacy problems with gmail?
I read of some concerns, mostly regarding the
scanning of the text in your messages to determine focused ads on the side, which I think is a minor concern, even though it has been the major issue
of contention. The scanning is automated, and as long as no records are kept and no information is sent to third parties, then there isn't a problem.
The other, IMO more pressing concern, is that apparently even when you delete a message, there is no guarantee in the Terms of Service that it will be
deleted from the google servers. Why would they need to keep all of your messages? In fact, you'd think that would be the last thing they'd want to
do since it would use up so much space.
Other concerns include the unlimited period for data retention that Google’s current policies allow, and the potential for unintended secondary uses
of the information Gmail will collect and store.
A well-written article on the subject:
A detailed factual analysis from the "Electronic Privacy Information Center":
A rebuttal to Gmail privacy concerns:
There was a thread on ATS about it, but I can't seem to find it with a search.
[edit on 2005/1/31 by wecomeinpeace]