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Email and Gmail

Original post made by Timid, El Carmelo School, on Aug 4, 2011

Does Google keep and process content of all mail from a gmail account? I'm thinking of opening an account but am timid. It would seem to be a risky thing to allow a large multinational to keep all my content. Who knows what will use will be made by company portions bought out by other companies outside the US? Or even inside the US for that matter?

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Posted by TIMIDTOO
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm


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Posted by a non moose
a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm

When an international owns Google, we're all in trouble.

Imagine if Rupert /phonehacker/ Murdoch bought it.

On the other hand, what could you possibly be saying that would be of any import? If you're a terrorist, the NSA is already sweeping it all through that box in the AT&T office in the City on Mission.

You'd never post bank account information of any type in any email.

If it's trade secrets, your company already has some security (should.)

That leaves your boyfriends.

Hate to burst your bubble, but no one cares.

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Posted by TIMIDTOO
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

You can very well try it,open an account,write an email,then delete it.If you want to retrieve it late,you can ask the company to do that,they store it somewhere in their web sites, but you can be certain they won't do it for you,because there will be consequences,i believe. Once started to do that, there will be no way to go back.

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Posted by Timid
a resident of El Carmelo School
on Aug 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Will they sell the information? If I send an email to a friend commenting that I need a new stove, will I see ads for stoves?

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Posted by a non moose
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2011 at 10:14 am

They don't sell your info.

They will place content related ads on a small spot on the page.

Privacy freaks hate it.

Pragmatists nod and think it's better to see related content than a random ads - think a guy watching a football game and a feminine hygiene ad vs a beer commercial.

It being the net, it can be unnerving how fast you see the focus of the ads changing with a click. Or when I use a friend's pc and visit the same site I always do, but the ads are completely different because they reflect her patterns.

Just curious, what are your alternatives? Aren't they all ad based?

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