Live in Germany? You might want to create backups of your Gmail

Live in Germany? You might want to create backups of your Gmail

Summary: It looks like Google is preparing for the worst case scenario -- shutting down Gmail due to German laws standing in the way. Philipp Lenssen has the scoop on a ruling that prevents Google, in an attempt to combat terrorism, from storing user data unless there is sufficient personal information associated with the account.

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It looks like Google is preparing for the worst case scenario -- shutting down Gmail due to German laws standing in the way. Philipp Lenssen has the scoop on a ruling that prevents Google, in an attempt to combat terrorism, from storing user data unless there is sufficient personal information associated with the account. If they do go down the path of closing Gmail (and prevent anybody from logging in), Jens Minor says they might as well close up shop completely as their reputation and trust will have all but vanished in that country.

“If Google will indeed stop their email service in the sense that no one will be able to access their mails anymore, they might as well close all local subsidiaries, and Mountain View can go ahead and forget this market – because they’d destroy all user trust from one day to another.”

It will be interesting to see if Google can influence the German government into taking less drastic measures. I wonder if the threat Google is making will generate sufficient resistance to have politicians in Germany look over their newly passed law?

Topics: Collaboration, Data Management, Google

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  • Gr?ndlichkeit

    Exaggerated Gr?ndlichkeit (thoroughness) is a common shortcoming of my respected neighbours. I sure hope that I will be able to read my Gmail, when I'm on holidays in Germany.

    Greetz from the Netherlands, Pjotr.
    pjotr123
    • Me too

      I'm vacationing in Koln in 3 weeks!
      otaddy
  • We all have to do something against terrorism

    Even if we have no clue what to do.

    See my small cartoon:
    http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2007/06/if-you-dont-kno.html

    Bye,
    Oliver
    owidder
  • Don't be stupid, Guys....

    What did I teach you, when you first came online? The Internet is a Global Tool, and you could give a dang, where you are located or what services you want to use, globally...., If Googlemail is offering e-mail services in Germany, location of the Service is irrelevant. From Germany, or most any Country (unless you are in the Table of Denial) you can use any e-mail service you want. Globally. The German Government cannot mark out every free e-mail service worldwide from thousands of Internet Peering partners, that string their wires across Europe...., If the German Government tries to force their views on People's freedom, then they should just point their Browser to another location in the World, where they can be as free as they want to be, with services that respect people's privacy. Like thousands of other free e-mail providers. Hint: Search google.com for free e-mail providers.
    The Laws in Germany cannot prevent you from accessing the free world. Internet Services have a global footprint, and no, Chicken Little, the Sky is not falling...
    prince1099
  • Germanic Control-Freakism

    Aren't we all well and truly sick of the German compulsion to have the state make everything compulsive? They want to make everybody's decision a matter of law and impose it (in their totalitarian habit) on everyone else, even an American company.

    They have no idea what liberty and individual choice mean to us in the best country in the world, and what has made us the center of science, medicine and economic dynamism. A merchant in Germany cannot keep his shop open past 5 PM without breaking the law. Sure they want to "protect" the laborers who work from 9-5 from exploitation by the employers, but when and where are the OTHER employees supposed to do THEIR shopping?

    They won't let anyone innovate anything with regard to business because they see the worker and the entrepreneur in a constant state of war, where only the huge power of the contol-freak state can counter the massive power of labor and capital.

    Is this sounding like 1890s thinking? Yes, it is totally obsolete and self-defeating for a culture to hold to such superstitions as Marxism and Keynesian economics. Wise up, Ohpa, and get with the program.

    Sure we like the cars, but forget wanting to be like them. They are still as nuts as when the Kaiser was in charge.
    seale.terry
    • Thanks for a great laugh!

      Read the article and your reply on a hung-over Sunday morning and had a great laugh that probably saved my day. Thank you for your refreshingly ironic comment.

      "They have no idea what liberty and individual choice mean to us [i]in the best country in the world[/i]"

      That really cracked me up! But the other stuff was great as well - the use of out-dated information on their closing times, what genius!

      If you find the time perhaps you could impart your wisdom on related topics, such as the libertarian moves of the government of the best country in the world. How it gathers only a very reasonable amount of information (not even including dental records) about every person entering the US and saves it for a mere 15 years, for example, or how its approach is much more sophisticated than dumb laws... You know, simply listening in on Internet traffic globally without any cumbersome legislation. Using European SWIFT banking information without European consent, good stuff like that.

      Can't wait for your take on that.

      (p.s. - I'm sure I don't have to state outright that I agree with you on the non-sense German regulations. A little more balance would be welcome, however, and in that context let me add that not everything my government does is all that great. Personally, I'm not thrilled about the millions of CCTV cameras here...)
      chobbes