What's to stop our good ol' buddy John Ashcroft down at the US Justice Department from dropping by Google headquarters with a quiet little Patriot Act subpoena, or something similar, that would instruct Google to add a few extra features to its machine that reads e-mails, creating 'special' searches to "help with the war on terror." No, I am not being paranoid. We all know the FBI would do something like this in a heartbeat.
If this is a concern, Regan's got more to worry about than Google's Gmail service. Every e-mail service reads your mail with its software, and these days many even analyze message text to spot spam. All Web-based e-mail services are tailor-made for government snoopware.
The only thing that might raise the alarm about Gmail, compared to its rivals, is Google's growing expertise at context-based text analysis.
Sigh. Remember the days when e-mail was read on a terminal by typing "mail" at a prompt? I was in heaven when I learned to use pine on the AT&T; system at UNF. I suppoes it would have been simple for someone to craft a script to read everyone's mail back then, but who ever thought about that?
By the way, I though this whole GMail thing was an April Fool's gag?
My old-school mail experience was on local BBSes. I thought Fidomail, which distributed e-mail from system to system and took a couple days to cross the U.S., was a marvel.
I didn't know you were a UNF grad. Good school?
"All Web-based e-mail services are tailor-made for government snoopware."
Actually, you should strike "web-based" from that statement.