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thanks - i read several similar articles recently and was equally spooked -
e.g. a pro-life group targets pro-choice email discussion, nike target
email discussing reebok, etc. one person offered a great analogy, "like
having an operator listen to your phone calls and interrupt with relevant
also, google offers 'orkut.com' - their version of ryze/friendster style
online community (hence my comment, because the other portals have to offer
this type of resource to remain competitive, and yahoo and msn and aol are
without anything good!). when paired with email communications, and search
relevance technology with communications, the implications are terrifying!
i just believe that people are not paying enough attention to the
implications of convergence for privacy management. not trying to go off
the deep end, because i really don't feel that the issue is esoteric at
all, nor does it require special training to comprehend.
At 12:52 PM 5/5/2004, John T. Maloney wrote:
>Thanks for your message. This is related to your comment:
>"personally, it all spooks me out. how would you feel if you were a
>registered user and all of a sudden some larger media company (like a
>portal, major tech firm or media house, or yikes!- a bank) were to purchase
>this company and explore ways to leverage very sensitive relationship hub
>data and rich repositories?"
>Many privacy advocates, however, are up in arms because Google's computers
>will scan message content to choose the ads. One California legislator even
>introduced a bill banning such ads. But the truth is that virtually all
>e-mail content is scanned, usually multiple times, by antispam and antivirus
>systems. If you think e-mail can be read only by the intended recipient,
>whatever system you use, you are deluded.
>A more serious privacy concern is raised by the potential for thousands of
>your messages, perhaps accumulated over years, being stored on Google's
>servers, where you have little control over them. This is an issue with any
>server-based mail storage, but it's intensified by the amount of storage
>Gmail offers. "It matters where your mail is stored," says Lauren Weinstein,
>co-founder of People for Internet Responsibility, a privacy advocacy group.
>"Not just today, but forever."
>The main federal law covering the privacy of e-mail, the Electronic
>Communications Privacy Act, is 18 years old and full of flaws. Its
>protections are loophole-ridden and, in particular, it allows
>law-enforcement agencies to gain access to your messages on a mail
>provider's system without your knowledge.
>A privacy concern unique to Gmail is that Google could combine information
>about a huge store of your mail with records of your search activity into a
>detailed portrait of your life. Google co-founder Sergey Brin says that the
>separate" mail and search information. The current policy is likely to be
>toughened to limit linking mail with other search results.
>This is a real tempest in a teacup. "There is no privacy. Get over it."
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