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

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    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,

    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,:D.Sorry,I had to get you.:p
     
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    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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    LMAO! Thanks for helping fix my typo folks! At least it was a humorous one. :D
     
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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.

    The government will just send the mcgee's after us... they'll have your email and get the info on their own :D
     
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    LIFTEDPLANE: Thanks for heads up. --- Clean up in Aisle 3:biggrin: 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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    Actually the reason they are stating this publicly is due to a court ruling claiming that anything stored in the cloud is free game for investigation without a warrant.
    Seeing how Gmail is in the cloud...
     
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    I understand, and I responded. Media is media, no matter where it's housed. Think of it as a Kimdle book with publishing rights. LOL