Google reads every word of every email you send to or from a Gmail account in order to target you with ads. They read about your personal relationships, health information, finances, and more. It's illegal for someone to open and read your paper mail without permission, but Google reads every word of every single email you send or receive every single day.
In response to a lawsuit against Google for snooping through personal Gmail, Google claims that users have "no legitimate expectation of privacy" when it comes to their email. But, common sense says that's ridiculous; clearly, when you send a personal email to a friend or colleague, either on paper or online, you expect that the message will not be read to target you with ads.
Tell Google that you do have an expectation of privacy and that you demand that they stop reading the contents of your private emails to sell you ads.
Dear Eric Schmidt,
Going through every word of our personal emails to target and sell ads is inexcusable. While we understand that generating advertising revenue is important, that does not make it OK to violate our privacy. And to make it worse, there's not even a way to opt out.
What we write in our emails is our business. We have a clear expectation of privacy. It's time to end this intrusive practice.
Please stop reading the contents of our Gmail to sell ads.
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