Bag and Baggage - Denise Howell, appellate and intellectual property lawyer �
: "Friday, April 09, 2004
By now you know it was no April Fool's joke.
You know it has privacy advocates worried. You know there seems to be a trademark issue.
But have you thought about how Google's GMail, and an archive and search strategy in general, will force businesses to kiss their email (non)retention policies goodbye, or at least recognize the fact they may not be very effective?
See, here's the thing. The efficiency of storing and Google searching all of one's email has got to be beyond compare. (I don't know much about the Google Appliance �
does it only work on intranets and Web sites, or could you conceivably search a whole network?) From the standpoint of user/employee convenience and productivity, this is pure poetry:
Gmail simplifies this process by placing your messages in 'All Mail' when you use the archive function.
'All Mail' is the holding place for all of the messages you've sent or received, but not deleted. When you delete a message, it's gone forever. With Gmail, you have enough storage space to last for years without deleting a single message. Just archive everything and all your messages will be searchable and easily accessible.
From the standpoint of businesses seeking to keep smoking email guns from coming back to haunt them, it should be a loud wake up call. But wait, you say. GMail won't replace carefully crafted corporate email systems, policies, and IT routines that periodically purge. It's going to be a public, Web based service like Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail, right? People will use it to hit on each other and send pictures. What's the big deal?
Well, we're talking a gigabyte � years worth � of storage space, coupled with everyone's favorite search technol"
AND IT IS ISP INDEPENDANT