Strong Bad Gmail?


Google's new Gmail service has come under heavy fire from privacy advocates, with one group having recently filed a complaint [PDF] with EU privacy regulators.
My friend Tim Lee has penned a defense of Gmail for Cato, and sometime Reason contributor Declan McCullagh has a piece up today at CNET's Most interesting quotation from the latter:

"EPIC claims to be protechnology, but fundamentally, they want to dictate uses of technology and prevent successful commerce among consenting adults," says Jim Harper, a privacy advocate who runs "E-mail scanning of various types has been going on for years. It suddenly became a 'privacy' concern, when it became used (for) commercial purposes (by) Google. I think that shows that those activists are anticommerce, not proprivacy."

Update: Mat Honan sounds a similar note over at Salon.