Gmail to be hobbled?

Posted May 28, 2004 in Politics.

The California State Senate has passed a bill to legally require Google to "protect the privacy of both their own Gmail subscribers and the general public". The bill specifies certain requirements:

  • An e-mail provider is forbidden from retaining personally identifiable information derived from the use of the technology
  • An e-mail provider is forbidden from allowing human access to such information
  • An e-mail provider is forbidden from the transfer of such information to third parties
  • An e-mail provider is required to ensure that, when a consumer deletes an e-mail, it is actually deleted so no one can retrieve it

The bill now passes to the State Assembly for another round of endless debate and posturing. A final decision will eventually be made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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