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    Google Takes a Stand for Gmail Users; Refuses Police Access Without a Warrant


    It's certainly a fine line that Google must walk with governments around the world when it comes to the various laws and restrictions they must follow. With some notable exceptions, for the most part, Google does its best to protect its users' privacy and maintain a stance of fairness. Today we have one excellent example of Google taking a stand for its customers, specifically its Gmail users. Google is now solidifying their stance on warrantless searches of a customer's Gmail account, and putting their foot down against police requests without a warrant. Here's a quote with some additional detail,

    "In order to compel us to produce content in Gmail we require an ECPA search warrant," said Chris Gaither, Google spokesperson. "If they come for registration information, that's one thing, but if they ask for content of e-mail, that's another thing."

    While relatively few tech companies publicly disclose how many government requests they get, Google appears to be one of the few e-mail providers that is challenging law enforcement agencies to produce a warrant to access users’ e-mail.
    It's comforting to see that Google takes things like this so seriously. We can't say they have a perfect track record, but at least they strive for integrity.

    Source: Ars Technica
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    Good job Google.By the way dgstorm-rack record,.Sorry,I had to get you.
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    Re: Google Takes a Stand for Gmail Users; Refuses Police Access Without a Warrant

    Way to go Google!!!
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    Sadly, it only took how long for this to happen, as well as so much pressure from its userbase. I'm glad it is like this now, but wish it was always like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankintopwater69 View Post
    Good job Google.By the way dgstorm-rack record,.Sorry,I had to get you.
    LMAO! Thanks for helping fix my typo folks! At least it was a humorous one.
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    Hmmm, I work for a law enforcement agency and having to need a warrant to access anybody's info should be required. Facebook, instagram, Twitter, MySpace, Gmail, Yahoo......I don't think Google did anything new. I've always gotten warrants, surprised they didn't require it before. I have Gmail account myself. Even though I'm the police I would want my privacy protected better, lol.
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    Google requires WARRANT for email content

    FYI
    Verizon requires a Court Subpeona for all account/subscriber info for landline phones, cells, and Internet accounts.
    Subpeona required for all in/out calls <numbers)in areas where data is available.
    A search Warrant required for all email searches, texts, photos. As for Social,media,like Twitter and Facebook, unsure of their policy.
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    don't talk political, that last statement you made helron coul get really ugly really fast, I'm avoiding the urge of responding by typing this instead.

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    LIFTEDPLANE: Thanks for heads up. --- Clean up in Aisle 3 I was "FYI,ing" my response to Valvoline's post about Gmail (ahead of mine. ) and others regarding Google's recent news. ---------> MY intent is/was purely informational.
    Question: Are all posts in this thread potentially harmful for forum? If so, May I suggest that they all be deleted. Not a proble for me:biggrin Let's not jeopardize a great a site.
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