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Is Google reading your bMail?

Chris Hoofnagle, adjunct professor of information | May 20, 2013

Both users of bMail and the campus itself have never received a clear answer to a simple question: Is Google subjecting data in Google Apps for Education to data analysis or mining for purposes unnecessary for technical rendition of service? A recently-filed lawsuit suggests that Google is indeed applying analysis to our messages, but masking … Continue reading »

The good, not so good, and long view on Bmail

Chris Hoofnagle, adjunct professor of information | March 6, 2013

Many campuses have decided to outsource email and other services to “cloud” providers.  Berkeley has joined in by migrating student and faculty to bMail, operated by Google.  In doing so, it has raised some anxiety about privacy and autonomy in communications.  In this post, I outline some advantages of our outsourcing to Google, some disadvantages, … Continue reading »