Consumer Watchdog, a California-based watchdog group, warns against using Google’s (GOOG) Gmail.
In a recent brief to a federal court, Google lawyers claim that users shouldn’t expect privacy when passing their information through a third party.
The brief is as follows:
“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 emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.’”
The claim made by Google lawyers that third parties are allowed to look through someone’s mail isn’t sitting right with some people.
“By this logic, the post office should be able to open and read our mail,” “Snooping=Evil. Follow your mission statement Google,” and “Google Fail,” are just a few of the opinions shared by people in the comments sections of articles covering this story.
The Guardian listed Google as one of the companies that was turning over information to the NSA back in June. Google has denied these allegations and says that it isn’t “in cahoots with the NSA,” reports The Huffington Post.
GOOG shares were down 1% as of midday Wednesday.