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Ex-Google Employee Reminds That Your Boss Can Read All Your Unsent Emails
By Mikelle Leow, 10 Oct 2019
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If you thought you could vent your frustrations at work by penning a heated email draft and then closing it, you almost may as well hit ‘Send’. That’s because someone—your boss—might already be reading it.
A mortifying but well-needed PSA by former Google employee Martin Shelton reminds that, if your company relies on Google’s paid G Suite, both Google and your employer will have complete access to your activity in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and so on.
Administrators might know if you’ve done something as trivial as opening a file, or if you’ve taken the passive-aggressive approach of writing a fervent draft and not sending it.
Shelton, who is now the principle researcher at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, shares in a lengthy blog post that, “Documents within your G Suite domain are not end-to-end encrypted, meaning that Google has everything they need to read your data.” Personal data can also be shared with government officials if they require Google to do so.
“I previously worked at Google, and for a long time, even I didn’t know,” he writes.
Similarly, just about everything you do on a G Suite program can be seen by your employer, so instead of letting your fingers fly across the keyboard, you might want to take up that meditation class you’ve been telling yourself you’d sign up for.
Google confirms this in its account support section: “It’s important to note that your administrator has access to any data you store in this account, including your email.”
[via Mashable, cover image via Shutterstock]
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