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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Privacy advocates unimpressed with Google's Gmail

Google is one of the most successful Internet enterprises ever. Now, they are trying to dominate the free (well, actually ad funded) email space with the recent announcement of Gmail - free web mail with 1 Gb of storage. However, among the concerns that privacy advocates have raised are statements that do not promise that email deleted by the owner of a Gmail account will be erased from Google's systems, and that Google's advertising engine will read your email and display ads related to the topics discussed in the message you are reading. One gig of storage: cool. Privacy issues: not cool. How long will it take before the new English verb "to google" takes on a new Orwellian flavor?

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