Ooh, keep those intrusive adverts away
By Mike Magee: Wednesday 14 April 2004, 06:42
A CALIFORNIA state senator wants Google’s GMail banned
because people who opt into the free service should not have
their mail scanned and appropriate ads inserted.
Senator Liz "Laguna" Figueroa, a Democrat, told
old British wire Reuters that having ads in your email was
a potential invasion of privacy and like "having a bill
board in your home".
She obviously doesn't watch the Goggle Box (TV) much.
The fact that signing up to GMail is not compulsory and
people who don’t want ads in their email don’t
have to buy it, does not seem to have entered her head. She
is busy penning legislation to block Google from going ahead.
Well, it gives her something to do with the massive amount
of time she obviously has on her hands.
The service promises a gigabyte of extra mail storage in
return for sticking ads on the bottom of emails.
Figueroa, wrote California's "Do-Not-Call" law
that allows people to block telemarketing calls. She is only
writing the anti-Google law, apparently, because co-founders
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, never replied to an email in
which she laid out her "concerns". Google said
it got the email and was "taking it into consideration".
The product is already in hot water in Europe because it
may break our own stringent data-protection laws.