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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    KayJay, 12 Apr 2006 @ 10:22am

    Privacy Issues

    I, like many other innocent Americans, are concerned about personal privacy issues caused by recent actions by our President, Mr. George W. Bush. Here is one American's question to him: What Are You Thinkin’ – Written by K. J. Shelton – © 2006 – All Rights Reserved - audio can be heard on my ftp web space through earthlink at http://kjshelton.home.mindspring.com/WhatAreYouThinkin'.mp3 What are you thinkin’ Mr. President Why must you tell us all these lies What are you thinkin’ Mr. President Don’t you know that we are not the bad guys I look around me and see confusion Nobody seems to know what to believe So please just help us to understand it We really need to know what you think What are you thinkin’ Mr. President Why must you mess with all our lives What are you thinkin’ Mr. President Don’t you know that we are not the bad guys You spy upon us without an order You make us fear what we once loved This land America is like no other We no longer hear our freedom ring What are you thinkin’ Mr. President Why must you tell us all these lies What are you thinkin’ Mr. President Don’t you know that we are not the bad guys Oh no now we are not the bad guys

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