"Google's attorneys say the company's long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal."
The Boston Globe, Sept 6, 2012
So, while the world is aghast that the US Government is trolling cyberspace hunting for terrorists, Google and who knows who else makes it a practice to read our emails and use what they find to make a profit off us. Certainly they need all the help they can get. Their 2012 revenues were $50 billion, with a “B” and profits were $10 billion.
If you think your gmail account is free, you may want to reconsider the price you pay in other ways, like lack of privacy, and more intrusive than that in my old-fashioned opinion, using your private correspondence to sell to you.
We also host email, and I can assure you we are not reading or using your email content in any way. Business ethics matter to us.
Then there is Facebook, tracking your online activity if you don’t log out and marketing companies using cookies to track what you do online, all to target ads to you and sell, sell, sell.
Cyberspace is today’s new wild, wild lawless West. Ironically, it is not just Big Brother watching you, it is everyone’s brother and sister and cousin and....
So, be aware. I believe it will be a long time before we are given much choice on who has access to what we do online and with our phones. Buyer beware, because you are viewed as a buyer no matter what else you are doing.
Posted by jane bright at 3:44 PM in