That is a good question. One thing is for sure that we all want to be able to read emails without our private emails being read. For the most part, they are.
Some companies have policies in place to prevent access to the information within an email, but we don’t know if this is true for the majority of companies. A lot of companies that have strong privacy policies have not been able to follow through on enforcing those policies. Even so, there is an ongoing debate among companies on what the exact boundaries are. One thing is for certain: It is not good for your company to have policies that make it impossible for you to read email messages.
Not only has Microsoft done everything it can to block access to emails, it has even asked the government to take over this task if it can’t do it itself. So if you wanted access to your email, you’d better start playing hardball with the powers that be.
Sure, it would be great if we could read our email messages in the United States of America. That would be great. But we can’t. So what happens if a government agency, say the NSA, decides to take over this mission? As long as this policy is not explicitly broken, the government can get access to any email you send or receive without needing a warrant.
The policy is written so that the government can read your emails if it wants to. The fact that they are not even explicitly broken means that they are not breaking the law. They are simply being consistent.
As it happens, we don’t even know what the policy actually says, but its implications are rather chilling. If your email is read by the NSA, they can access every message you send and receive. This means that even if you only send an email to a friend and never expect it to be read, they can get that email, read it, and then do whatever they want with it. Think about that.
For the sake of argument, lets assume that you send an email to your friend. Lets also assume that they actually receive your message and you never expect it to be read. They then go to the NSA.
NSA, as it turns out, is a fictional organization run by fictional characters, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a history. For years the NSA has been monitoring various media and using that data to collect information about people. This is one of many ways they could monitor your email. They could see when you post it to Facebook, or when you send links to it. They could see if you send information to the NSA through email.
The NSA is also able to use this data to monitor your phone call history and read messages you send over the Internet, with the help of these “back door” programs. Once you’ve had your phone calls monitored, you’ll notice that phone calls are being made that dont include the person you were expecting to speak with. This is usually for the NSA to know where you are when you get a text message or an email.
The NSA and FBI have been making a concerted effort to access email accounts and read emails that you send, with the help of back door programs like this. The NSA has even been able to access your email using their “Big Brother” programs. They can access your phone call records, and read your email and text messages. All the emails they read have your name on the subject line of the message.