To Gmail or not to GmailTuesday, April 13, 2004
I’ve been reading about the privacy concerns that surround Google’s new webmail service, Gmail, with growing irritation. Now, a California legislator wants to ban it before it is even open to the public.
I wish I knew what was behind all this opposition, because it certainly is not logic or reason. I guess people are concerned about Google scanning your e-mail and presenting targeted advertising based on it. Apparently, this innovative, new idea is a privacy disaster in the making.
Come a little closer to your computer and I’ll let you in on a secret: It’s not new. And, the only thing innovative about it is the fact that they admit doing it.
Let’s also try not to forget this is an opt-in service. If privacy groups want to get the message out so that people are informed about what they are signing up for, that’s great. Legislation to block the service is just silly. I understand the risks, and I’m ready to sign up. I don’t need to be protected from my own choices.