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Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Sep 13 15:32:02 EST 2006
At 13:29 +1000 13/9/06, Jim Birch wrote:
> ... I could then forward into another email account, eg gmail.
Some of us would say 'don't use gmail'. See, for example:
"Importantly, the threats extend beyond Gmail subscribers to the
individuals who send message to Gmail subscribers. The text of their
emails is examined, it is retained long-term, it is subject to
largely uncontrolled use and disclosure, and the doctrine of privity
of contract and the manifold weaknesses and patchiness of privacy
laws together suggest that the correspondents simply have no rights
at all in relation to the content of those emails. The result has
been that some people decline to correspond with other people via
Gmail addresses. Perhaps more should do so."
I don't converse with people via gmail accounts. (I email back, sans
signature block, and omitting Subject and original text, merely
saying 'if you want to talk to me, it needs to be from a real
The reason I do this is to avoid a nicely meta-tagged database of my
private utterances ending up in the hands of Google Inc.
That gets undermined of course, if people who I'm conversing with
flush the emails from their visible address to a gmail account ....
The next challenge is that mailing list managers need to start
seriously considering banning subscription from gmail accounts.
By subscribing a dummy account to every e-list worth monitoring,
Google could harvest a vast mound of traffic into their database,
including those that aren't (intentionally) archived.
But to the extent that every list has at least one subscriber who
uses a Gmail account, users are doing it for them.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
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Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
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