More than 400 million people have a Gmail account, making it one of the most popular email services in the world. But in court documents released this week, Google, the company that owns the email service, said that it has no obligation to respect the privacy of it’s users.
The company said “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information in he voluntarily turns over to third parties.” In this case, by using the free email service, you’re turning over information to a third party, Google.
In most cases, the information is used simply to better target advertising that might be relevant to you, but for some, the position raises privacy concerns. What do you think? Is there a reasonable expectation for you information to remain private when you use a free-email service? Would you prefer to use a service that a company like Google doesn’t have access to?
Vote in the poll and tell us, then leave a comment and tell us why.