|Okay, time to dispel some email myths.|
Gmail snoops in my email
Yes, it does. It looks for keywords, for targeted ads. It also scans your email for spam filtering. Microsoft and Yahoo do as well. The worst case we know of is, ironically, Microsoft. They had their employees reading email messages out of a guy's inbox.
So why is Google singled out? Presumably because Microsoft hired a guy who organized political attack ads.
Email provider X is giving my emails to the government
They all do, without a warrant, by law. In general, put nothing in an email you wouldn't want someone reading out loud in a crowded room, because it very well may be.
I assume this attitude comes from the NSA revelations. Both Microsoft and Google are moving to protect themselves from nosy government bodies. Microsoft legally, and Google technologically. And their approaches say so much about both of them, don't you think?
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