Dumping Gmail Just Isn%u2019t Enough | The Droid Lawyer%u2122.
This is a great article by the Droid lawyer about the recent flap with Google and pre-screening emails. I have always used the example of snail mail as an example that there is no waiver of privacy in the mailing of a letter. As long as it would take an overt act to read, and use, information in an email for nefarious purposes, any method of communication can be compromised; but, there is still a "reasonable" expectation of privacy. There is no absolutely secure method of conveying necessary information confidentially. In fact, this is a similar argument sometimes raised against cloud computing; that is, that the confidential information is put in the hands and control of a third party. Hey, everything at some point gets put in the care, custody and control of a third party. Lawyers have been entrusting confidential information to third party providers since long before the Internet. In fact, since Google would destroy their business and credibility if they were found to be violating the privacy of their customers, I trust Google more than a piece of paper traveling through the postal system. Google is merely stating the obvious; no method of communication is absolutely secure. Get over it.