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The famous can’t stay out of controversies, that’s a fact that they have to live with. 😉
Be it an individual like Britney Spears, Madonna or a company like Microsoft or Google. Google? Yes, Google, the famous search engine, widely acclaimed as the No. 1 search engine in present internet. 😀
Google shocked many & crashed heavens on many a heads when it announced that it’ll start a free eMail service that’ll provide a massive 1GB of storage. But what came as a real shock that became a sort of controversy later was its decision to scan all outgoing eMails for keywords & place ads in eMails according to those keywords. 👿 Since then, there’ve been many a copycats beating Google to come forward with 1GB of storage, as GMail’s still in Beta phase. 😉
But though Google has weathered troubled waters, one woman vowed to stamp it out of Google. Senator Liz Figueroa of Fremont, California, USA, filed a proposal with the Senate for the legislation to be passed which would ban the evil practices that Google may employ with GMail, ie., scanning its users’ outgoing eMails for keywords to place relevant ads in the eMail. 😕
And now, the Californian Senate has approved the anti-GMail bill after several revisions, placing strict restrictions on scanning of customers’ eMails for advertising or other purposes.
Though Google touted GMail as a revolution in FREE eMail industry with a storage of size so huge that users would never have to delete their correspondence. This, as it turns out, has numerous side-effects as that storage would mean a vast repository of private & personal correspondence which can be reviewed by law enforcement agencies or any other 3rd parties. Sounds like trouble, no? 😡 😉 Well, read on then…

Now, Senator Figueroa’s bill places certain restrictions on eMail & Instant Messaging providers. Though they can scan messages to place ads but that messages cannot be retained, shared with 3rd parties or be viewed by any “natural person” & the service providers are to permanently delete messages at customers’ requests.

This is something that has been considered time & again by users of free eMail, those who know about how it works, wonder about it many times. Are their eMail messages really deleted when they delete them? Or are they just stored to some place in-accessible to them, from where some lunatic reads their most intimate & private correspondence? 😉