California State Senator Wants To Block Gmail?
from the say-what? dept
Okay, I have to admit that I don’t really understand the uproar over Google’s Gmail offering. The press has had a field day with all the negative attention that Gmail has been getting, and now a California state senator is even drafting legislation to ban Gmail. Why? Because “we think it’s an absolute invasion of privacy. It’s like having a massive billboard in the middle of your home.” Hmm. No, it’s not like that at all. It would be like that if a company gave me something of value in exchange for the ability to put a billboard in my house and I agreed to the deal – which seems like a perfectly reasonable transaction between two consenting parties. No one is being forced to use Gmail. If they don’t like the fact that Google will put ads in the email client, they’re free to not use it. In the meantime, there seem to be plenty of people who want to sign up for the service. Personally, I’ll admit that I was invited into the beta and have been messing around with it. I’m pretty concerned about my privacy, but don’t see anything wrong with what I’ve signed up for – and everyone who I’ve emailed to test the system out has asked me how they can get a Gmail account of their own.