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bMail and Google’s “Content One Box”

Chris Hoofnagle, adjunct professor of information | March 1, 2014

A lawsuit against Google alleging that its Gmail service is in effect a wiretap sheds light upon bMail, specifically concerning whether Google is scanning our communications in bMail. In the suit, plaintiffs allege that Google is intercepting communications and building profiles on users based upon their email traffic, and that this is illegal in part … 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 »