I don’t normally reblog posts, but this one I felt was important. As a writer I use Gmail to send my manuscript back and forth to my editors, and the way I read this new google policy it seems that google is claiming that anything they find in my email (sent, received, stored, etc.) they have free rights to. I DON’T LIKE THAT ONE BIT!!! Does that mean I need to delete all my book content from my Gmail account? Should I worry that my manuscripts can be stolen and published under the name of someone else… someone that works at google that just happens to see them?
This post was eye-opening, and has got me thinking that maybe, just maybe, leaving google… and Gmail… is the right option.
Before I do anything drastic… what are your thoughts? Am I going too far or do you agree?
On Tuesday Google updated its privacy policies to make it absolutely clear that it is scanning your email.
It added these sentences:
Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.
It also tweaked a few sentences that warn that all the stuff you upload to Google is considered fair game. (Google included the editing marks, to show you exactly which words it changed):
When you upload,
or otherwisesubmit, content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify…
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