Did you know that Gmail have “No Deletion Policy” for your emails?
If not, you should read the GMail “privacy” notice
“… Similar to other web services, Google records information such as account activity (including storage usage, number of log-ins), data displayed or clicked on (including UI elements, ads, links); and other log information (including browser type, IP-address, date and time of access, cookie ID, and referrer URL)… Google may send you information related to your Gmail account or other Google services… Residual copies of deleted messages and accounts may take up to 60 days to be deleted from our active servers and may remain in our offline backup systems.”
–> Your private emails will be retained safely on Google’s backup system even after you close your account…
Google do records everything they can (and I mean everything) and retains all data indefinitely (and I mean indefinitely)
Google insists that it uses individual data and collects information about users’ activity to improve the quality of search results and not to create a profile for each user. But history shows that information seldom remains limited to the purpose for which it was collected.
Your Googeled data (private emails & documents, browsing preferences, search history etc.) has become the most wanted honey-pot in the internet– It attracts hackers, crackers, identity thieves, and perhaps most worrisome of all, a governmental big brother intents…
Personally, I like Google and I will keep using GMail since it is the best online email service available today and I don’t trust the other web-mails ;-)
Update (15 December | 2008): Google has stepped off (ranked No. 10 last year) the top 20 list of the most trusted U.S. companies for privacy, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday.