It is somewhat strange that the famous postal secrecy law doesn’t work online. If you use a third-party e-mail provider, anybody can gain access to your data and secrets and sell them.
Google wasn’t charging the lazy investigators in the past. The legal fee that Google is taking for giving the users’ e-mails and phone talks is rising only in 2020. Specifically, the NYT reporters got their hand on the document by Google saying they need to ”offset the cost” of compiling the information for the lawmakers.
Now, agents will have to pay $45-245 for a single request, depending on the type of data. If the agents do not have a search warrant, Google won’t show the e-mails and will cooperate for $45 on the subpoena matters. Then, $60 is a cost for handling your wiretapped calls to the agents. Finally, if they have a search warrant, Google will charge $245 and let them read every of your e-mail and other data.
Who reads your letters after they print them out and before they handle them to law enforcement? What happens to the data after the investigation is over?
Also, Google is one of the most profitable ventures of our times, so the argument about ”costs” look foggy. They definitely not on a brink of bankruptcy. However, such satanic practice could be the ugly reality of 2020, with Google pitching the agents by themselves to establish a conveyor of ”criminals”, and ”earn” much more cash.
How Many Sins You Did Using Google Services?
In the past, agencies were sending requests to Internet-based businesses for free. However, Google received 160,000 requests regarding the users’ accounts in 2019. In the Transparency Report tech giant claims, they have to send out the partial (or even complete) data on a user in 60-80% of all cases. Google now claims that it becomes more and more time consuming to prepare such documents. They also seem yo get tired of spying on innocent users, fighting with lawyers and bad press coverage.