Gmail Users Have No Expectation of Privacy (and a Snowden update)

Well, we all knew it. But now Google’s made it *official* — writing in a court filing just over a month ago that their users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy in information [they] voluntarily [turn] over to third parties.”

Snowden update: the NY Times is currently being DDoSed / hax0red / whatever, so I can’t provide an exact quote. Nevertheless, there’s one interesting thing in the Poitras interview — getting her public key was just a prelude to giving her instructions for using an “even more secure” communications system whose details are as yet undisclosed.

“”Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use Web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery,” the motion reads in part. “Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.’” “

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