Government’s e-mail intrusion ‘disgusting’

Editor’s note: The following letter was e-mailed to columnist Paul Gorski in response to his Aug. 21-27 Tech-Friendly column, “Google to court: Gmail users should not expect privacy.”

I agree that just because I go through a third party to send e-mails, my emails should be private. Just as I send a letter through the post office, the post officer personnel who handles my personal letters are not authorized to open my letter, read it and then decide who should send me ads, just what “mailbox group” my letter should be placed in and anything else they want to pull from the content. It is a federal offense to do such. It should be a federal offense for Google/Gmail to read my e-mails. The government already has access to my personal e-mails. I don’t need anyone else deciding for me who should get to send ads my way, nor do I appreciate my personal messages to be read by anyone other than the recipient that I choose.

It is disgusting what they can get away with these days.

Thanks for allowing me to express my opinion.

Diane McFarland
Grayslake, Ill.

From the Sept. 11-17, 2013, issue

One thought on “Government’s e-mail intrusion ‘disgusting’

  • October 12, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I’m an old-schooler, but I noticed this email intrusion shortly before it was reported and made public. I saw some odd Internet patterns during Internet communications with an attorney I had. When that occurred, I started spending more time with him on the telephone.

    It doesn’t surprise me that this stuff happened, though. The whole cyberterrorist, whereby you’re considered a terrorist if you have the knowledge and potential of a terrorist, went downhill a lot during the Bush era (2000s).

    It’s “Freedom of speech” while being watched by big brother while you speak. And if big brother doesn’t like what you say, he shuts you down.

    Back then?

    It was alleged that foreign terrorist groups might or were accessing various discussion groups in order to learn techniques and knowledge in order to develop weapons and become weaponized. I’m not in complete understanding of what that means, but in a lot of ways, many discussion groups broke down knowledge and made it easy for people to understand.

    Since a lot of that stuff died down and was broken apart, there has been more technical and publicized discussion of how to weaponize.

    Also, the whole pretty good privacy publication helped with transmitting private communications. I don’t know if the government can break that down, though.

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