(4-17-04). Google to Consider E-mail Changes. "Google says it is "batting about" possible changes to its Gmail Web-based e-mail service, which launched last month to a chorus of privacy concerns. The search engine giant plans to offer Web surfers up to 1GB of storage for free, subsidized by advertising based on keywords scanned from messages and delivered over the service. Google's plans have drawn a sharp reaction from privacy advocates, who worry about potential abuses of a system that might allow the company to permanently store millions of e-mail messages and scan their content. On Monday, California state Sen. Liz Figueroa, a Democrat from Fremont, said she was drafting legislation that would prevent Google or any other company from examining the content of e-mail in order to serve up ads."
Comment: If any of your electronic discovery involves someone who uses Google e-mail, check to determine if Google has scanned and stored the e-mail.