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G-mail and NON-subscribers: And then there is G-mail. Not to be a party-pooper (or Google-pooper), but I think attorneys, and everyone else for that matter, should be very careful when using gmail, either when receiving email or sending it. Gmail is worrisome on several fronts. It’s not a matter of Google “reading” their subscribers’ email, though that is what is being done if you define “reading” to include scanning and storing all the words, and not just one person with eyes/fingers/ears and a brain doing the same. No, no one is “reading” your email the way the recipient will (except maybe the DHS, but that is another problem). Here’s a quote from EPIC: “This is not the last word on Gmail, but it is a voice of reason and caution: “Gmail violates the privacy rights of non-subscribers. Non-subscribers who e-mail a Gmail user have “content extraction” performed on their e-mail even though they have not consented to have their communications monitored, nor may they even be aware that their communications are being analyzed.”

I’m not saying don’t use Google (and I’m using Blogger for heaven’s sake), which we all love for many reasons, or any of its relatives, but do keep your client’s privacy requirements front and center.

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