Will Google Mine Your Postini E-Mail?
Opinion: If I were a Postini enterprise customer, I'd be re-reading the TOS and privacy policies carefully right now.When I heard about the Google-Postini deal the first thought I had was about how Google would have a field day mining all the data that Postini filters. The second thought I had was that the first thought was ridiculous. Theyd never do such a thing with Postini data, which belongs to enterprise customers who would be completely outraged by such practices. Certainly Postini would never have anything to do with it. End of story. Stupid idea. Then I read Karl Auerbachs blog on the matter:
Google just bought Postiniand one would have to be fairly naive to believe that Google does not intend to dredge through all of that e-mail passing through Postini.
Karl gets carried away, but hes not a stupid guy, so I decided to address the question directly. I would find the Postini or Google policy that forbid such practices.
- Postini never sells or makes available individual names, lists of users, or aggregate data to any third parties for gain.
- All user-specific information and email message information, including content, addresses, categorizations, and IP addresses, is kept strictly confidential.