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[–] Easybee 1 points 25 points (+26|-1) ago 

Google does not examine the contents of my private folders and track those files, and report them to the government.

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[–] CaptSpify 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

If you store them on Google's cloud they do. That being said: there's a huge opt-in system for Google. AFAIK, Microsoft is doing this by default.

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[–] spacedanspliff 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

THIS right here. One can avoid Google's services and still use their computer just fine, and if you opt to use their services, you still have a good deal of control over what they have and what is stored in history (you can delete a bunch of shit from google if you don't want them to have it.). One could say the same about the OS, but its not like there are an equivalent amount of OSes to Email programs.

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[–] Deeblite 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

It does if you use Google Drive.

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[–] spacedanspliff 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

but you have to sign up for drive and then tell them you want them to have access to. It's apples and oranges.

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[–] shepd 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Only because they don't have access to them. They're busy mining your gmail (and whatever attachments you stored there, and whatever documents you store in Google Docs) and reporting it to the government as necessary.

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[–] Easybee 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

And you know what, I'm OK with that. I accept that by using a free email service my data will be mined. That's why I would not email sensitive info.

But this is about tracking what I keep private. That is not OK by any measure.

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[–] makaw 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't know for certain but if you're using the Chrome OS or Google Drive, I think they are. That was part of Snowden's revelation.