Is it any wonder that the federal agencies are baffled by all the fuss? After all, you have given away your privacy rights, allowing companies to sell your private information for profit and now you complain about “Big Brother”? Where’s the logic?
Since we are speaking about email, what are your choices:
- Use free email services sacrificing privacy
- Use email accounts from your service provider
- Use a free service that promises not to invade your privacy and sell your information
I’ve already shared my opinion about option 1, giving up all privacy; that’s a non-starter. What about option 2? Many of the internet service providers allow you to define multiple email accounts (sometimes called sub-accounts) so that you can have more than one email account. My family has one for each family member and a general junk email address that we give out to sign up for special offers. What if you need additional accounts or you don’t have an internet service provider? Are there any options for you? Yes, there are.
You have two choices. You can use one of the few free services that guarantees, in writing, to respect your privacy: outlook.com. Outlook.com is a Microsoft offering, that comes with a guarantee of privacy. I know how Microsoft makes its money; they sell operating systems (Windows), office and productivity applications (Microsoft Office, Project, Visio), SQL Server, software development tools and other applications. Microsoft doesn’t make money by selling my information, they make money by selling software. Oddly comforting, but comforting none-the-less.
As in many things, “closing the barn doors after the horses have left”, along with “putting the genie back in the bottle” are all expressions that say it will be hard to regain our privacy. In order to reclaim our rights, we may have to make tough choices and we may need to pay for some services that we used to use for free.