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Gmail to be Outlawed?

More headaches for Google. Senator Liz Figueroa, a Democrat from Fremont, California said she was drafting legislation to block Google Inc.’s free e-mail service “Gmail” because it would place advertising in personal messages after searching them for key words.

    “We think it’s an absolute invasion of privacy. It’s like having a massive billboard in the middle of your home” said the Senator.

Figueroa, who was the author of California’s “Do-Not-Call” law that allows citizens to block telemarketing calls, said she was pursuing the legislation because she had not yet received a response to an April 8 letter to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, in which she laid out her concerns.

European groups have also lodged complaints with UK authorities, charging that Gmail may violate Europe’s privacy laws because it stores messages where users cannot permanently delete them. Europe’s privacy protection laws give consumers the right to retain control over their communications.

Google responded by saying it’s… more at Yahoo

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Addendum: Fellow Blogcritic, Hal Pawluk has also pointed out “The most insidious thing is, I think, the fact that even if I don’t sign up, all my incoming e-mail from Gmail users will get scanned by Google (hence my filters to block all Gmail).”

My Response: “Or at least your conversations (incoming and outgoing) with somebody having a Google address.”

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