I’m so surprised at the number of people flocking to Google for their cloud based email services. Has anyone actually READ the Google/Gmail license agreement? I’ll bet not. If they had then they would be concerned about a few sections. Now – I’m no lawyer or legal person, but these sections scare me enough to NOT use Gmail for anything business related at all. You can get the Gmail Terms of Service here http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS?hl=en
What do you think of the following
Section 4.3 – They can basically stop service permanently or temporarily without warning or notice. Great – it’s free but hey why do I care… it’s not like I’d bet my business on it would I ???
Section 5.2 – You are agreeing that nothing you do with their services will violate US laws or export restrictions. Do you even know what those are ?
Section 8.1 – Google can filter or modify or remove any content from the service if they decide to. They can filter or remove sexually explicit content too – that might not be a problem unless you are in the medical profession where sexually explicit content is part of the job.
Section 11.1 – now this is the big one. Here you are allowing Google free use of anything you give them. They can sell it, distribute it, reproduce it, modify it, publish it… basically anything they want to do, they can… because you’ve just agreed to it.
So I ask you… are you seriously going to use Google for your business email requirements now?