Your online privacy is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain consisting of you, your ISP, and the places you visit on the Internet.
Source: Tips for locking down data and protecting privacy | Opensource.com
The article recommends you run your own server in your house to have the best control over your data. With a server you can control email and run your own secure storage cloud. Not a bad idea.
Today, we’re taking additional steps to enhance the educational experience for Apps for Education customers:
- We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable” toggle for ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console. This means ads in Apps for Education services are turned off and administrators no longer have the option or ability to turn ads in these services on.
- We’ve permanently removed all ads scanning in Gmail for Apps for Education, which means Google cannot collect or use student data in Apps for Education services for advertising purposes.
via Official Google Enterprise Blog: Protecting Students with Google Apps for Education.
Good news! This is especially important for K-12 edu users. No more scanning of email by Google really will help support privacy issues surrounding use of Gmail in education. Personally I’m happy they won’t be scanning at least one of my email accounts.