CW (Consumer Watchdog) spokesman John Simpson said: “Sending an email is like giving a letter to the Post Office. I expect the Post Office to deliver the letter based on the address written on the envelope. I don’t expect the mail carrier to open my letter and read it. When I send an email, I expect it to be delivered to the intended recipient with a Gmail account based on the email address; why would I expect its content will be intercepted by Google and read?”
It might be a generational thing, but those of us old farts that got started in the nets way back in the Era of American On Line, Compuserve and Prodigy (pay-by-the-hour with really crappy modems) remember a warning that was told over and over:
Think of Email as a postcard. Anybody can stop it and read it.
Unless you are using an encryption system between you and the recipient, you are sending the info in plain view of anybody that can intercept it. Never send anything that can hurt you in any way possible if compromised by a third party.