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    Should you trust Google Gmail?

    Breitbart News is reporting that Google has turned over to the Obama Justice Department the emails from private accounts of a Fox News Reporter.

    You have to wonder how often this goes on or for that matter what Google does will all the data it collects.

    More food for thought is that Google employees have donated $801,770 to Obama against $39,539 to Romney.

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    The Google TOS that were were all forced to agree to last year says that they can do whatever they want with any information gathered from any of their services. I think they put that in there to avoid law suits over these issues.

    I tend to agree with the conspiracy theory that say Google is directly tied to the NSA and are providing a data feed for their new data center in Utah.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center

    When you dig into it, there are no free services from Google. There is always a price to pay. That price is the information they collect. Maybe we should all start to wonder what they collect from Android phones without our knowledge.

    Do I trust Google? Only as much as I trust Comrade Obama and Comrade Holder.

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    I would say no, but would not single them out. I suspect that there are very few email providers, operating systems, browsers or social media platforms nowadays where our info does not end up in the same place.

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    I dont think for a minute anyone at DOJ thought they were going after a terrorist or a lawbreaker when they went after a reporter whose sole sin is shining a light that reveals the administration to be crooks. I can see instances where "national security" might be a compelling reason to occasionally gain covert access to emails... but it is becoming apparent our government thinks anything that makes them look bad qualifies as a national security emergency. That's why we have a constitution that was meant to protect us from government over-reach... but the document alone wont do it, we have to hold our people in DC to it. We have failed, they have taken advantage.

    I use gmail, but do I trust Google? I trust Google will only act in what they consider to be the best interest of Google. That does not presuppose ANY good faith on their part for those using their products.

    That said, I don't truly believe any data on the WWW is secure from an over-reaching DOJ, especially the one we have now. Any electronic communications are very likely to be had if they want them, so I wouldnt suggest hitting SEND if you dont want to see it show up in court. That may not be the law, but it appears to be the reality.
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    All email providers give any information over to any government department requesting information.
    Most times without a warrant.

    Google of course will maintain silence whenever it does so.

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    I've seen compelling evidence that Google's Chrome browser is also acting as spyware. Pages that spiders cannot get to frequently show up in Google's index, even when they are blocked with the robots.txt file and the robots noindex meta tag.
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    Pages that spiders cannot get to frequently show up in Google's index, even when they are blocked with the robots.txt file and the robots noindex meta tag.
    This seems like a secret SEO technique Thanks for sharing!
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    Hehe. I don't think I worded that as effectively as I should have. Pages in password protected areas that spiders cannot get to frequently show up in Google's index, even when they are blocked with the robots.txt file and the robots noindex meta tag.

    Yeah, they are using a secret SEO technique to find those pages. I'm seeing URLs show up that spiders should not be able to get to show up in Google's index. There is no page content or cache in the index, but nonetheless the URLs should never be there.
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    I see lots of weird URLs in my access log stats. I am assuming they are tests done by spamming bots. Or legacy URLs from my long forgotten experiments in the past.

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    Not to be paranoid or anything like that.
    But a lot of conservative bloggers get a lot of visits from a lot of different government agencies.
    So our government keeps track of us.

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