Google says Gmail Users Should Have ‘No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy’
“You should have never forwarded that Nigerian Prince’s chain-letter…”
Google thinks you’re a moron if you have any expectation of privacy when it comes to sending and receiving email. Check this little ditty from Google’s brief in a brief to a class-action complaint on privacy violations:
Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipient’s ECS provider in the course of delivery. Indeed, “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.” Smith v. Maryland, 442 U.S. 735, 743-44 (1979).
Obviously, Google has to adhere to the Patriot Act and subsequent laws that let the Government hack their system for surveillance purposes, but it’s shocking to hear the company with a corporate motto of “Don’t Be Evil” bow down to Big Brother so easily. And it’s not just Gmail, but also Google searches, Google Glass, or anything with a G in it.
This is our future people, so take heed: if it’s digital, it ain’t private. Welcome to the Matrix.
UPDATE: Google clarified that the statement above ONLY referred to non-Gmail users. Gmail users sign a “terms of agreement”, so they definitely have a legitimate expectation of privacy. Be psyched Gmail users – go ahead and expect privacy all you want, shame you won’t get it.
Read: If You Use Gmail, You Should Have ‘No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy’ – Business Insider.