Re: Outlook, thunderbird, or...

Subject: Re: Outlook, thunderbird, or...
From: Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:42:16 -0500

Are you worried that your bank will refuse to give you your money when
you ask for it? Or, close your account on a whim, just because they can
-- and keep your money?

Yeah, those are the real (not imagined, not hypothetical) risks when
trusting someone else to provide you a service, such as Gmail:

Gmail Disaster: Reports Of Mass Email Deletions
http://techcrunch.com/2006/12/28/gmail-disaster-reports-of-mass-email-deletions/

Google Has Disabled My GMail Account
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-has-disabled-my-gmail-account/7871/

Behave on Google Plus or Your Gmail Gets It
http://gawker.com/5823121/behave-on-google-plus-or-your-gmail-gets-it

Google Deletes Last 7 Years Of User's Digital Life, Shrugs
http://consumerist.com/2011/07/22/google-deletes-last-7-years-of-users-digital-life-shrugs/

See, there are laws and regulations to keep, say, your bank from seizing
your assets and terminating your account, or refusing to give you your
money.

Until there are such consumer protections for services like email ...
well, I would judiciously limit how much you trust such service operators.

And, to anyone who's blissfully ignorant and using hosted mail services,
I strongly suggest you periodically make backup copies of your OWN data
to a storage that you control 100%. Just because it's "not on my
computer, it's in the cloud" doesn't mean you no longer need to back it up.


On 2/27/13 12:01 PM, Robert Lauriston wrote:
> Gmail. I don't see any meaningful privacy issues. My bank has my money
> but I don't worry that they're going to steal it.

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