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Google subpoenaed to turn over deleted Gmail messages

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by ovi, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. ovi

    ovi Guest

    In a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission, a subpoena was sent to Google for the complete contents of a Gmail account, including deleted e-mail messages. Google's privacy policy says ''residual copies of deleted messages and accounts may take up to 60 days to be deleted from our active servers and may remain in our offline backup systems'' in perpetuity.
    In November 2003, the commission sued AmeriDebt and founder Andris Pukke alleging he misused funds collected from financially struggling consumers who sought debt-management help from the nonprofit Germantown credit-counseling firm by funneling customers' funds to DebtWorks, a for-profit, private company set up by Pukke to process AmeriDebt's accounts.

    AmeriDebt settled, but the courts are still trying to uncover the location of Pukke's apparently sizeable assets.

    The FTC, which is seeking $170 million in refunds to consumers, has said that Pukke received $70 million from DebtWorks between 1999 and 2003 and spent large sums on himself, his wife and girlfriend. The agency said he also transferred $18.3 million to domestic and foreign trusts run by his brother or a close friend and sent an additional $2 million to an account in Latvia for his father.

    Apparently, Pukke may have sent some of his money offshore to a Belize developer called Dolphin Development, partially owned by Peter Baker, and it is believed that some facets of the transactions were discussed via e-mail. Here's the tricky part: Baker is a Gmail user and apparently used Google's "Delete Forever" function in an attempt to get rid of all record of the e-mails.

    However, in the Gmail terms of service, Google warns that "delete forever" does not mean that the message is necessarily gone. Their offline backup servers may contain copies of your messages in perpetuity.

    Source/Full Article: http://www.spamdailynews.com/publish/Google_subpoenaed_to_turn_over_deleted_Gmail_messages.asp
  2. OldWelshGuy

    OldWelshGuy New Member Webmaster

    I think this is a good thing, and in this case Google SHOULD hand over the data. I have no problem with my data bing handed over as a result of a court order, as there will have been due process.

    It is when a government (such as the new data retention act in the uk that is about to be voted on) demands information be stored and 'made available to parties with an interest' I DO have problemns.

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