[Politech] California state senator wants to ban Gmail [priv]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Tue Apr 13 2004 - 08:32:18 PDT

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    [What a wonderful way to attract businesses to California! Now perhaps 
    the honorable Liz Figueroa will receive a "defender of privacy" award 
    from some of her pro-regulatory fans. --Declan]
    California legislator moves to block Gmail
    Last modified: April 12, 2004, 4:05 PM PDT
    By Reuters
    A California state senator said Monday she was drafting legislation to 
    block Google's free e-mail service "Gmail" because it would place 
    advertising in personal messages after searching them for key words.
    "We think it's an absolute invasion of privacy. It's like having a 
    massive billboard in the middle of your home," said Sen. Liz Figueroa, a 
    Democrat from Fremont, Calif.
    "We are asking them to rethink the whole product," she said. [...]
    Figueroa, who was the author of California's do-not-call law that allows 
    citizens to block telemarketing calls, said she was pursuing the 
    legislation because she had not yet received a response to a letter sent 
    Thursday to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, in which she 
    laid out her concerns.
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