Internet Security

Facebook, Twitter and Google snoop on emails?

From the UK Mail:

Cyber-security company High-Tech Bridge set out to test the confidentiality of 50 of the biggest internet companies by using their systems to send a unique web address in private messages…

During the ten-day operation, six of  the 50  companies tested were found to have opened the link.

Among the  six were Facebook, Twitter, Google  and discussion forum Formspring.

via Test ‘reveals Facebook, Twitter and Google snoop on emails’: Study of net giants spurs new privacy concerns | Mail Online.

Hmmm. Reading the article I am not sure if I should be concerned, outraged or skeptical. I do not know if the test as it is described proves that Facebook is reading my e-mails…but it might. On the one hand it seems to be another breech in our privacy that online companies continue to pursue in order to sell us more stuff. I find that a bit creepy. However personally I am less concerned with Google knowing stuff about me that I am with the IRS.

For dentists I believe it does underscore the fact that free mail accounts like g-mail and Hotmail should not be considered secure and should never be used to send private health information to another dentist.