This is a good op-ed from the NYT about Google and privacy. People love google and seem to ignore the fact that they are pretty bad on privacy, with tracking cookies, saved search history, merky privacy on google desktop serach and then the “never delete your mail” gmail pitch. I heard someone from EFF talk at NTEN regional SF talk about email privacy and wire tap laws. As the op-ed states:
The government can gain access to Google’s data storehouse simply by presenting a valid warrant or subpoena. Under the Patriot Act, Google may not be able to tell users when it hands over their searches or e-mail messages.
and for email over 180 days old…. well, you are SOL.
Step up to the plate Google, and give become the leader in privacy protections just as you are the leader in innovation.