Google’s Gmail could be blocked

by on April 14th, 2004

Gmail, the planned free e-mail service from Google, could be facing strong legal opposition in California.

A draft law is being drawn up by local Democratic Senator Liz Figueroa, who calls Gmail “an invasion of privacy”.

Google is being asked to rethink the product, which plans to offer 100 times the storage offered by some rivals.

The problem, Ms Figueroa says, is Google’s plan to make revenue from users agreeing to their incoming e-mail being scanned for targeted advertising.

Michael Hussey