Google has admitted that it actually reads the content of your emails. In an outrageous court filing, the Internet giant also claimed that Gmail users have no reasonable expectation of privacy.
The statement was made in a response to a lawsuit filed by a group called Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog alleged that Google broke laws that ban wiretapping when it scanned emails from non-Google accounts in order to tailor ads to Gmail users.
Google would also be violating the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which bars unreasonable search and seizure of letters. Consumer Watchdog didn’t say whether Google was sharing the email contents with anybody else, such as the National Security Agency. But then again, the government itself continues to disregard our Constitution time and time again. This is exemplified in the DHS’ dismissal of the Fourth Amendment at large for 197 million citizens, as Anthony Gucciardi has broken down in numerous exclusive reports.
Is Google in Bed with the NSA?
If the NSA or anybody else, such as Chinese or Russian spies, wanted to read Gmail, all they would have to do is to hack into Google’s servers. Google has not disclosed its relationship with the National Security Agency or its British counterpart, the GCHQ.
Even Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, admitted that Google’s email reading was creepy, stating:
“Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”
Google’s whole business model is based on the tracking of Internet users and data mining. These operations are similar to the NSA’s Project Prism, which used data mining to determine which emails to intercept.
The Gmail revelations are particularly troubling because they come after reports that the U.S. government forced companies that offer encrypted email services to shut down. It seems as if big business and big government are trying to destroy the whole concept of privacy and the Fourth Amendment.
War on Privacy
Basically, if you want online privacy, you cannot rely on companies like Google and Microsoft (which offers Outlook and Hotmail). They don’t respect the privacy of their customers, and they are probably violating the laws of the United States and other countries.
Google has filed court documents to get Consumer Watchdog’s lawsuit dismissed. Hopefully this lawsuit will go forward because it could be used as a precedent against Google and against the NSA and Microsoft. One has to wonder where the U.S. Justice Department is and why it isn’t defending the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.