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[liberationtech] Google keeps the chat history even you enabled the OTR

Anthony Papillion anthony at cajuntechie.org
Thu May 8 06:15:04 PDT 2014


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On 05/08/2014 08:05 AM, Nariman Gharib wrote:
> Hey all,
> 
> Just I want to remind you, Gmail is keeping your chat history even
> you enable the OTR on your gmail chat.
> 
> how? if you going to plus.google.com and on the top right side of
> the page you click on the Hangout, and then select a person who you
> talked to him recently, you can see your all chat history is come
> up! you can delete manually your chat history from there too, but
> too sides should do the same things. I don't know after these
> things Google will keep our chat history or not!!! but I think this
> is a bug in Gmail service.

The bottom line is that, bug or not, privacy conscious people need to
simply stay away from Google. And I don't mean just Google Search or
Chat. I mean /all/ of Google, Everything they offer.

We need to remember that there are two things about Google that make
them particularly dangerous to privacy: 1) They are largely an
advertising company that wraps cool tech around their ad platform and
2) It seems they have a fairly close relationship with the United
States government. Those two things mean that Google probably doesn't
really have your privacy as its main concern - well, not totally. Do I
believe Google is secure against hackers? Absolutely. But that's as
far as I'd be willing to comfortably extend the word 'security'.

TL;DR: If you value your privacy, don't use Google. They aren't the
only game in town and they don't really protect your privacy.

Anthony


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