Do you use Gmail? If so, don't expect to have a "legitimate expectation of privacy" in any email messages that you send or receive.
From secure email services shutting down to Google claiming you should have no privacy rights in your Gmail messages, Internet privacy is beginning to feel like a pipe dream.
Google's privacy scandal is driving a campaign by Microsoft to win you over -- but is it worth jumping the Gmail ship?
In a brief filed in a class action data mining lawsuit, Google's attorneys stated that users should assume that any electronic communications that go through Google's servers can be accessed and used for a range of purposes, including selling ads, reports CNET.com.
Google uses automated scanning to filter spam, deliver targeted advertising, and to allow you to perform routine Gmail tasks like inbox searches.
No big deal, right?
Well, in light of certain recent incidents -- y'know, like NSA surveillance -- Google's blanket statement is raising eyebrows and red flags.
That's where Microsoft is jumping in. The tech giant is trying to capitalize on Google's privacy scrutiny by gunning for a reputation as "the privacy company."
But is Microsoft really any better?
Unlike Google, Microsoft does not scan your emails for ads. They only use it as a security measure to fend off spam and malware.
So Google's public use of your data is limited to non-sensitive data, such as your web searches or viewing habits, all stripped of your personal identity -- for now, anyway.
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