Pro tip: the best way to prevent Google from scanning your emails is to stop using Gmail and then convince everyone you know to also stop using Gmail.
@djsundog toot real
(Work gave people the /option/ of using GMail, but as far as I'm concerned for a big company to switch to GMail is basically engaging in environmentally unfriendly practices as it harms the federated nature of the protocol.)
It's kind of interesting to work at a job where any member of the public can request my emails at any point; it certainly changes how I approach my work email as well as my personal email (which is of course Gmail). Outside of spinning up my own server to run a personal email service, is there a way to avoid an email account visible to a company? I mean, even Protonmail is run on ProtonMail servers, right?
@fobo ultimately, yeah, you gotta trust somebody or you gotta be the somebody with the current state of the internet. Incremental improvements are better than none though, so protonmail is definitely a more trustworthy option in my opinion.
@djsundog I’ve been slowly separating the saucer section. It’s a mechanically easy task made unexpectedly hard by aggressively polite ecosystems and sunk emotional cost.
@djsundog Word. I own my own domain and pay a commerical email service, but still end up conversing with so many Gmail users (or even people whose employer/university has outsourced mail to Google) that they probably still get to data mine a depressing quantity of my mail.
@djsundog and then stop using email
@djsundog That latter problem is a lot more tricky. If you want to be heavy handed you can possibly do a MX lookup, see if any Google domains exist and then replace the text with something along the lines of "This contact from this mail server, is unable to send the content to you on your Google controlled mail server, please switch servers."
At that point just stop using email. Literally no one is more secure. That's the truly depressing part about it.
This is a private instance that @firstname.lastname@example.org is using for development and testing.