I was not thrilled about this, more of the principle of the thing than for any major harm caused by that particular disclosure. http://www.kalzumeus.com/2006/07/28/googles-lawyers-admit-to...
If Google checks its spam logs to ensure a mass mailing wasn't classified as spam, is that really equivalent to Microsoft's action?
Checking spam logs is a lot more benign than rummaging around through a specific user's email.
If the NSA only checks the logs of people to see if they received an email is it ok because they were just looking for "terrorists"?
I find the old companies can do what they want just use someone else fallacy very tired.
I can't simply change my email address that is something easier said than done. This isn't myspace were talking about or some dating service. This is my online identity and more and more my real life one at that.
Google already deliberately violates the RFPs defining the expected behavior of their SMTP server by rewriting your headers when they want to. If they feel entitled to change your outgoing email messages, the other stuff shouldn't be too surprising.
Regarding being surprised, I'm not.
Monitoring for a "read bit" on the message is the only way to confirm proper delivery.
Not sure why it surprises many people that Company X has access to the data stored on their servers especially when no explicit contract has been signed stating otherwise.
"Google said that their users should assume that anything electronically sent through Google’s servers is fair game to used for ads, or other purposes."
To put it bluntly, Google says, “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties."
So nope it is within the context unless there is a legal requirement to use users data for ads or other purposes.
Also: Thanks for sharing that. Another nail in the coffin.
foo@bar:~$ dig -t mx kalzumeus.com
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;kalzumeus.com. IN MX
;; ANSWER SECTION:
kalzumeus.com. 3600 IN MX 20 alt1.aspmx.l.google.com.
kalzumeus.com. 3600 IN MX 10 aspmx.l.google.com.
kalzumeus.com. 3600 IN MX 30 alt2.aspmx.l.google.com.
kalzumeus.com. 3600 IN MX 50 aspmx3.googlemail.com.
kalzumeus.com. 3600 IN MX 40 aspmx2.googlemail.com.
Puh-lease? Fanboyism? That's uncalled for/the wrong tone, really.