Google’s Gmail poses Privacy Concerns
GOOGLE INC. ANNOUNCED Wednesday its plan to launch a free Web-based e-mail service within a few weeks. Called “Gmail,” it will include a built-in search function that will let people search every e-mail they’ve ever sent or received. And it will come with 1 gigabyte of free storage, BUT to finance the service Google will display advertising links tied to the topics discussed within the e-mails. For instance, an e-mail inquiring about an upcoming concert might include an ad from a ticket agency.
My only concern is privacy. I’m not sure if I want Google bots sniffing my mail to Aunt Martha. Before I use it they will have to convince me my information will not be collected and end up on a search engine. Could be a tough decision. Either free porn at Hotmail, or my underwear being discussed at the Lockergnome forums. Perhaps they shoulda called it “EmailSense”.