I am not sure what benefit this would be for Microsoft to follow this path. Do you think they are concerned with people leaving their free service for someone elses free service? I imagine that if GMAIL or this spymac company offered a competing ISP product
like MSN 9 then they might follow along.
I don't really see these other services as a threat to Hotmail or MSN.
There's a pay version of hotmail with a storage limit approximating to zero wrt gmail.
Do you think perhaps gmail mightn't lure people away from that?
You get 1GB from Google so they can invade your privacy... Read the fine print. What they intend to do is monitor your inbox and target advertisements based on the content of your email.
Sorry but at the risk of being rude, this is dumb. I can forgive this kind of stuff from non-technical sources, but this is a technical forum.
Questions: Do you worry about your virus checker software 'monitoring' files on your PC? Do you feel that's an invasion of privacy?
Google are talking about computer programs processing your email, not humans. They promise this in their blurb.
Now the question becomes do you trust google to be true to their word? If not, then it's irrelevant what they do with your email in terms of fancy ad placement - if they're not trustworthy they could just decide to read it anyway.
I wouldn't mind GMail so much so long as adds are only shown based on the content of a specific email, its the idea of building up a profile over time that I'm a bit concerned about. With google going public you can no longer be sure what company policy
will become if the share price starts to fall, they might start selling out the profiles to the highest bidder.
The safest thing would be for Google not to try to generate profiles, certainly not tied to seach queries, but just judge each mail individually
Add to that the fact that the Government can now request all the information a business stores about you without even having to show due process. You may think that "I've never done anything wrong, so why should I have anything to fear?", but can you be sure
that you've never sent or received a mail that might be seen as a voice of dissent by some future more authoritarian Government?
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