From the only reliable news source on the net, the Onion. In these days of the White House spamming people with unsolicited e-mails from the master of astroturfing, David Axlerod, in praise of Obamacare, perhaps the concept of privacy is a quaint 20th century notion. However, there may be a way to have Google protect the privacy of its users. Bribe the leadership of the People’s Republic of China (Red China) to require it. Google has a history of giving lap-dog like obedience to edicts issued from Peking.
Update: The White House has announced that, “We are implementing measures to make subscribing to e-mails clearer, including preventing advocacy organizations from signing people up to our lists without their permission when they deliver petition signatures and other messages on individual’s behalf,” spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement tonight. Translation from Obamaspeak: “We thought we could get away with simply spamming everybody whose e-mail address we have. Now that there is a fuss we’ll blame outside groups and pretend we are not at fault.”