Judge Orders Google To Turn Over Gmail Account To Feds

from the trust-is-fading... dept

For all of those worried about the Department of Justice forcing Google to turn over search data, it seems there's another case that may be even more interesting. A judge has ordered Google to comply with a subpoena to turn over someone's complete Gmail account records, including any deleted messages they still have on a server. This isn't surprising. The guy was charged with a crime by the FTC and eventually settled, but the FTC is trying to track down where he hid his assets. It's pretty standard for them to subpoena anyone who might have such info -- in this case Google, since the guy used Gmail. The guy tossed up some reasons why Google shouldn't turn over his Gmail account (revealing confidential info and attorney-client privileged communications, along with the idea that this was unfair since he'd have to pay his attorneys to sift through all the data as well, and that would cost too much). However, in the end, the judge didn't find any of his reasons very convincing. Not a huge surprise, but a reminder for those of you using your Gmail for criminal activity.
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  1. identicon
    Ponder, 17 Mar 2006 @ 3:06pm

    If you want...

    to keep your email secret, run your own email server. When your done you can then destory the hard drive or other media used physically, ie hit it with a hammer. This is the only way to control this. Even then, servers which the message passes through may record it. If I break the law, I expect them to want to see all my possentions, and these days, my computer data to.

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