Charles Cooper and Seth Rosenblatt:

Microsoft went through a blogger’s private Hotmail account in order to trace the identity of a source who allegedly leaked trade secrets.

Technically legal or not, this is absolutely insane. And awkward — here’s the copy from Microsoft’s "Scroogled" Gmail campaign:

Outlook.com is different—we don’t go through your email to sell ads.

Nope, we just go through it to get information we need to use in lawsuits. You literally cannot make this up.

And if users needed even more reasons to ditch Hotmail today — beyond the fact that it’s 2014 — Google has a nearly opposite announcement today:

Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default. Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.

In addition, every single email message you send or receive—100 percent of them—is encrypted while moving internally. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail’s servers, but also as they move between Google’s data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations.

Where’s Mark Penn when you need him?

  1. internetofme reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Awkward. As parislemon said: you literally cannot make this up.
  2. imminjun reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    indeed
  3. grovberg reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Interesting how MG (who now works for Google) fails to mention the other big email news recently—a class-action suit...
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  6. aashutoshvatsa reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Don’t call a person thief unless you are sure of not getting arrested for a charge of theft. Who still uses outlook as...
  7. jimcloudman reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    MG Siegler: Disappointing. A Microsoft internal email, sure, but a private one is overreaching much too far.
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    insert forehead smack here
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    One more reason to stay away from Outlook!
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