Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

"Gmail" privacy policy challenged

In a lengthy FAQ the Electronic Privacy Information Center recommends against using Google's newly introduced "Gmail" service. According to EPIC:

"Non-subscribers who e-mail a Gmail user have "content extraction" performed on their e-mail even though they have not consented to have their communications monitored, nor may they even be aware that their communications are being analyzed. Subscribers to Gmail also face risks to their privacy..."

Given the near exponential increase in data collection as the information age takes root one's privacy is being increasingly assaulted, by government as well as commercial entities. While some of this can't be avoided, there is no reason we should be volunteering to share our private thoughts with those who want to sell us something.

EPIC recommended these Top Ten Privacy Resolutions for 2005. Good advice indeed.


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