Over the last few months you’ve heard a lot about how Google is violating its users’ trust and privacy. From reading every single word of every single email sent to or from your Gmail account, to replacing real shopping search results with paid ads, to sharing your personal information with app developers, to monetizing the web searches that kids do in school, Google has made a mission out of invading your privacy to commercialize your most personal information.
You’d think that after all of that coming to light Google would apologize, right? Wrong – they did just the opposite. A few weeks ago, in an official response to a class-action lawsuit accusing Google of illegally reading Gmail users’ private messages, Google said that “Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipient’s ECS provider in the course of delivery. Indeed, “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.”