Free Email Accounts May Not Be As Private As You Think

Email Symbol from Microsoft clip art Royalties Free
Email Symbol from Microsoft clip art Royalties Free

March 21, 2014 VIA Twitter– According to IPLAW, Microsoft may not be facing criminal charges of privacy violations even through  users of company’s popular web based email service Hotmail had their personal emails read by the technology giant. According to @IPLAW, Microsoft’s attorney is quoted to saying, that under company’s private terms, the company is given the right to read its user’s personal emails  (@IPLAW, tweet, 2014).

In light of all the uproar over Microsoft reading its user’s private emails where does that leave Google and Yahoo?  In addition, how do you feel about knowing your private emails may be read by your email service provider?  How do you think your clients would feel, if they knew their personal, private, emails could be read by a company like Microsoft?  I am sure many people would be upset.  However, do the users of these email accounts have a right to be upset after all Microsoft shares their policies with all users upon registering–Or do they?

Argument from Microsoft free image
Argument from Microsoft free image

Arguably, companies like Microsoft’s Hotmail– one of the leading free web based email accounts, do share their privacy policies with register users, but do people really read the long burdensome policy?  Chances are most people don’t.  Most people simply check the box agree and move on to sending their emails.  Chances are most users of Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo, who are upset by the violation of their privacy will have little to no recourse because of the little box with the checkmark.   In conclusion,  just like the  internet, email offers its users many conveniences, but costs its users  a little more of his or her privacy as technology evolves .  It will be interesting to see if the courts step in, take a stand, and reverse or uphold Microsoft’s rights to read its users personal emails.

#Microsoft #email #privacy

Holly Sheriff

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