Google: We scan all Gmail messages
Few will likely find themselves reading the fine print added to the new terms of service issued by Google this week, but the updated version clarifies to customers once and for all that the contents of messages going in and out of Gmail are being scanned.All your e-mail belong to us.
On Monday, the search engine site-turned-Silicon Valley giant updated the terms of service that its hundreds of millions of Gmail users must agree to in order to use the immensely popular free email service. But while the latest TOS clause doesn’t exactly reveal any new practices being performed by Google or conditions that’d catch its customers by surprise, the company is now being upfront about its controversial practice of skimming content in order to, as they put it, provide users with “relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising and spam and malware detection.“
Now, hell, it's a free service, so if you don't like their terms of service, you are cordially invited to turn the product in for a full refund. They need to make their billions somehow, and apparently skimming your e-mail and selling your data to online ad agencies helps pad the books. Now I know how Figi got my address so they can keep sending me bogus tracking information...
Again, you get what you pay for. If you want a secure e-mail, don't expect it from a free service provided by one of the largest online entities going. I'm sure the aforementioned blogson has plenty of ideas on where to go should you wish your e-mail to be more secure (I don't; I try to keep my life so boring that anyone reading my e-mail falls asleep).
But it's something to be aware of for all your e-mail needs...
That is all.