Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing in the US

It comes as Google and its peers are under pressure to explain their role in the National Security Agency’s surveillance of US citizens and foreign nationals.

MeanIT Gmail Privacy

“Google has finally admitted they don’t respect privacy,” said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project director. “People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents’ privacy, don’t use Gmail.”
Consumer Watchdog, the US advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation a “stunning admission”.
Google set out its case last month in an attempt to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of breaking wire-tap laws when it scans emails in order to target advertisements to Gmail users. That suit, filed in May, claims Google “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages”. It quotes Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman: “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/newsrelease/google-tells-court-you-cannot-expect-privacy-when-sending-messages-gmail-people-who-care

 

Gmail or GSuite – What should I use?

Yes, Google mail is FREE, such as meanitwebdesignagency@gmail.com whereas to have GSuite is a low cost paid service, but well worth having. It allows you use michael@meanitwebdesignagency.ie even though you use the familiar Gmail interface.  You can even add aliases, such as bookings@meanitwebdesignagency.ie which you can use, but it comes in to your normal email inbox.

Not only that, but group email addresses are also easy to set up. This way, you can have one email address that will route emails to other people, for any mail to do with info or support enquiries or sales queries, or even customer service. GSuite email accounts can be linked to Microsoft Outlook for anyone who uses this platform.

Using GSuite, all files are owned and controlled by your company/business admin, including files created in Google Docs, Slides or Sheets. Even any files created by your employees. A Business owner may want an address for their Marketing Team, which they can control and is on their account.

Aside from those benefits, there are are others including:

• Instead of the lovely Google logo, a branded company logo can appear in all GSuite apps.
• Single sign-on to all other types of business apps in the cloud (e.g., Slack, Salesforce, Hangouts) with your same GSuite credentials.
• GSuite is compatible with many CRMs Client Relationship Management tools, if you have one.

Gmail is really designed for Personal Use. Businesses need to look professional and to have full control over everything created by their employees or agents.  And they need reasonable security, which is why GSuite is arguably the best option,. Even if it is not considered the most secure – see above.

Regular Google mail comes with a limit of about 15 GB of space, including the email accounts and any space used in any Gmail apps.
GSuite comes with 30GBor more of storage space in its Basic service and unlimited cloud storage in the Business or Enterprise plans.

Lastly there NO customer support with gMail whereas GSuite has 24/7 support.

Long story short. Is this a business? If yes, then use GSuite and pay someone to set it up so that it works seamlessly over any devices being used such as the laptop and phone.

FREE is still an option, but not for a serious business, unless you are competent enough with email platforms to manage it yourself.

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