The recent revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) collects metadata records from Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail and other major internet services has stirred up a great deal of controversy. Suddenly, personal email exchanges feel much less private. While the NSA has stated that they cannot read the contents of your emails without a warrant, many people can’t shake the invasion of privacy feeling.
The NSA established a data mining program called PRISM which pulls communication information from major internet services, such as Google, in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks and other threats to national security. The program gathers emails, video & voice chats, photos, VoIP conversations, file transfers, social networking activity and various other internet activities. Basically, anytime a user interacts with a service from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, etc, all of their activity is logged and turned over to the government.
It’s no secret that Google scans the contents of every email you send through their Gmail service. It is, after all, how they are able to tailor custom advertising directly to you. This doesn’t seem to be much of a concern for people as Google has over 400 million Gmail users. The latest revelations about the NSA show that the people out there that do want to use a “private” service have few alternatives to choose from as most of the major players are part of the government PRISM program.
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