posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 10:03 AM
The big complaint about Gmail is not that they can track your deleted e-mail messages, but that they will placing advertising in messages you receive.
At first this is to take the form of the ad bars that you see above or to the side of your searches on google, but there are concerns that google
will start making key terms in received messages into links to products. That's the big problem most people have with Gmail.
Yes, Google can read your messages, even the ones in the trash. They will likely not have actual people doing this, but rather programs that will try
and determine what your interests are, so that the advertising displayed to you will be more effective. Since Google gets paid by its advertisers per
click-through, this is a good thing for Google's bottom line. Whether it's something that I like...not really, but compared to some of the crap
that's going on online these days it's a relatively minor annoyance.
As was mentioned before, the e-mail you receive through your ISP is just as vulnerable to being read. Any e-mail that you haven't downloaded (or, if
you have IMAP e-mail, all of your messages) before the daily backups of the ISP's server are archived and kept for years.
If this is a problem for you, register your own domain, get a connection directly to the Internet's backbone, and make sure that you lock everything
down. This will take a good deal of money and knowledge, so be prepared.