You can’t trust Google with your privacy anymore. In fact the only thing you can trust about Google is that they will sell you out. Think about that for a moment and what it means to you, your family, and your friends, especially if you use Gmail.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and it’s really quite disturbing. I have both personal and work email hosted by Google.

If you’ve ever read their Privacy Policy, it’s more of a disclosure on the different ways they can get around protecting your privacy than keeping your information private. Like the Patriot Act, it’s good in name, but a complete contradiction in what it stands for materially when you dig into the fine print.

Read on, and pay close attention to “For legal reasons…”

Google’s (Not So Private) Privacy Policy

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Over a decade since inception, and Google is one of the biggest players on the Internet to collect your personal data. If you are a current user, your personal information is being sold off through the PRISM program to the NSA. You and your family’s life work through email and social media is most likely archived at the NSA’s data center in Utah.

We first learned about the PRISM program through Edward Snowden, who gained classified access through his work at Booz Allen Hamilton.  In case you aren’t totally up to speed, PRISM started under the Bush administration’s passage of the Protect America Act. The program collects stored Internet communications based on requests/demands made to Internet companies. Companies like Google, Twitter, and others.

Why aren’t Americans asking Google why they never stood up to the US government, and challenged what looks like a circumvention of American civil liberties via the Internet?  Why aren’t others like Facebook, Yahoo, and Twitter (there are more) taking a leadership role in creating modern Internet legislation that reflects the spirit of the Constitution? All good questions that should be asked by an engaged citizenry.