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April 08, 2004

Storage, Storage Everywhere

I had heard that Google was going to offer email with 1 gig (1000 MB) of storage, and I was pretty excited. Would this finally allow me to consolidate most of my sundry accounts with 2 megs here, 6 megs there, 8 megs over there and there?

People are going ballistic with privacy concerns about Gmail's ads, which would be subjectively related to the text in each email - similar to the way text ads appear when you run a search in Google.

The real problem for me, which the above link also addresses, is the matter of data retention. From Gmail's current privacy policy:

Email contents and usage. The contents of your Gmail account also are stored and maintained on Google servers in order to provide the service. Google's computers process the information in your email for various purposes, including formatting and displaying the information to you, delivering targeted related information (such as advertisements and related links), preventing unsolicited bulk email (spam), backing up your email, and other purposes relating to offering you Gmail. Residual copies of email may remain on our systems, even after you have deleted them from your mailbox or after the termination of your account. Google employees do not access the content of any mailboxes unless you specifically request them to do so (for example, if you are having technical difficulties accessing your account) or if required by law, to maintain our system, or to protect Google or the public. (My emphasis)
Damn. I know there are trade-offs one makes, especially for something that's free, but this is a deal-breaker for me. The scary thought is whether my other accounts also have language like this buried somewhere in their policies. And scarier: what ghosts of emails past lurk in the deep and not so deep seas of unknown servers?

Yours, &c., LC | 10:19 AM | Internet & Tech | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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Just think of all the emails that you wouldn't ever want seen, ever again...

Posted by: Jenica at April 13, 2004 11:18 PM