Think your email is secure and private? Think again! A new report, issued by Google itself, reveals that the company has released thousands of private emails to various government agencies without even requiring a proper warrant.
American government agencies – state, local, and federal – made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google’s Gmail and other services in 2012, more than half without warrants, according to statistics released by Google.
The total number of users about whom government agencies wanted information also set a record at 31,072, up from 23,300 in 2011, the first year Google began reporting the data. The discrepancy comes because government agencies request information on multiple users or accounts at the same time.
Most of these 13,753 requests, 6,542 of 8,438 in the latter half of 2012 alone, were done without a search warrant, Google data show. Google did not make available any detailed data prior to June 2012, nor did it make available which requests came from the federal government and which came from state or local law enforcement agencies, when asked by CNSNews.com.
I think might need to switch to a different email server. However, in all likelihood Yahoo, Hotmail, and other big email servers do the same thing. We only know about Google because they told us.