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Man Jailed for Gmail Invite to Ex-Girlfriend
Yahoo News ^ | 1/10/14 | By ALAN FARNHAM

Posted on 01/10/2014 11:44:30 AM PST by rawhide

In what one expert on Internet privacy calls "a worst-case scenario," a Massachusetts man was jailed for sending his ex-girlfriend (who had a restraining order against him) an email invitation to join Google+.

But Thomas Gagnon contends he didn't send it;Google did,without his knowledge or consent.

When his ex-girlfriend received the invitation, according to the Salem News, she went to the police, complaining Gagnon had violated the restraining order by sending her the email. Police agreed and arrested him, the News reported.He was jailed then released on $500 bail.

Attorney Bradley Shear, an internationally recognized expert on Internet privacy, told ABC News it's entirely possible Gagnon is telling the truth --that he did not intentionally or knowingly send the invitation. "If he didn't send it--if Google sent it without his permission and he was jailed for it--Google could be facing major liability," Shear said.

Google+ allows users to aggregate their email contacts into various groups --school classmates, or professional associates or old flames. Moving a contact from one category to another, Shear explained, can trigger Google to send,automatically,an email to the contact inviting them to join Google+.

Shear pointed out a Google product forum from 2011 and 2012 titled "Prevent automatic email invitations to Google+?" that contains a number of angry complaints by Google+ users about the automatic invitation feature.

In response these complaints, a Google Community Manager calling herself "Natalie" responded:"Thanks for your feedback. Right now the emails that go out alert people of your activity on Google+, and more importantly the sharing of content with them. We send them an email when they aren't yet on Google+ so they know that you are out there in the world [of] G+. They should only incur this email once."

But once was all it took to land Gagnon in jail.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: gmail; google
A big whoops!!
1 posted on 01/10/2014 11:44:30 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

I actually believe him! Facebook sends out crap like that and when I ask my friends why they keep inviting me to this or that function they say they did not do it. Makes sense when I get over 100 a day and for them to have just sat around and sent out invites? Dawg just pick up the phone and text message me!


2 posted on 01/10/2014 11:46:58 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: rawhide

Stupid is as stupid does.


3 posted on 01/10/2014 11:47:08 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: rawhide

I get all kinds of automated emails trying to get me to connect with people Google thinks I should know. They’re right, I do know them, but have no desire to get any closer to some of them. At a quick glance some of them do appear to come from the individual named. Sometimes there’s even a picture of that person. Yet I think it’s unlikely. (A law partner for example. He’s a friend of a friend. I’m sure he doesn’t actually want to connect with me.)


4 posted on 01/10/2014 11:49:57 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: rawhide
Law enforcement is the one being stupid here. I get spoof e-mails all the time from people with whom I am Facebook friends or otherwise only remotely connected.

The delete button and spam blocker software usually works pretty well for me. Generally, any link sent without a subject line goes straight into my trash can.

I'm guessing the charges are going to be dismissed but somehow the guy won't get his $500 bond back. That's a win-win for law enforcement and the ex.

5 posted on 01/10/2014 11:52:28 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Morgana

Facebook is horrible about stuff like that


6 posted on 01/10/2014 11:53:26 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: rawhide

Google will capture your profile pic and info and send invites all the time...forced networking...read the fine print on using their services...he’ll get off...if he pushes it...a simple Google+ reminder shouldn’t be used to arrest him - it should have been monitored by the police and G/F and a tally added up to see how many different ways he tried to contact her...


7 posted on 01/10/2014 11:54:01 AM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: rawhide

The “Linked-N” business networking service automatically does this too.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 11:58:57 AM PST by circlecity
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To: rawhide

This will probably only cost him $25,000 in attorney fees to get him off.


9 posted on 01/10/2014 12:09:57 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: rawhide

I would like to see google and facebook pay out the wazoo for this kind of crap. It happens a lot (although often law enforcement catches what happened before accidentally jailing someone.)


10 posted on 01/10/2014 12:22:14 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Morgana

The zombie side of Facebook.


11 posted on 01/10/2014 12:27:14 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: rawhide

This is why I quit LinkedIn. I became aware that for ALL members they were sending out “Do you know” BS junk mail and trying to trick me into uploading my contacts (ala ‘FB’) so they could do more.

Yes, I’m a web-anti-social; I like my privacy.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 12:48:27 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: circlecity

Confirmed. (& quit)


13 posted on 01/10/2014 12:49:36 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: rawhide

Mental note:

When you get a restraining order, erase every last thing connected to that person.


14 posted on 01/10/2014 12:49:54 PM PST by glorgau
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To: MrEdd

“I would like to see google and facebook pay out the wazoo for this kind of crap.”

Yeah but google didn’t make him act in such a way that there’s a restraining order on him.


15 posted on 01/10/2014 12:55:22 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: ifinnegan

If his story is true and he, reasonably, moved her address from friend to some other category, thus triggering the automatic email unbeknownst to him, what did he do wrong?

I can get a restraining order on anyone if I’m willing to lie to the police.


16 posted on 01/10/2014 1:15:50 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: ifinnegan

A person can get a restraining order for no reason at all. That’s a fact.


17 posted on 01/10/2014 2:24:06 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: ifinnegan
Yeah but google didn’t make him act in such a way that there’s a restraining order on him.

He's apparently now obeying the order.

18 posted on 01/10/2014 2:27:10 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: rawhide
How much more serene his existence would be had he never met the insufferable bitch.

/.02

19 posted on 01/10/2014 2:39:25 PM PST by tomkat
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To: rawhide
I can't get all that excited by a violation of a restraining order of this sort.No threats,no taunts,no appearing at her home or job.Sometimes...I said *sometimes*...women go overboard in situations like this.

Go ahead,fire away...."what a cold,heartless chauvinist pig you are".

20 posted on 01/10/2014 4:15:34 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Vigilanteman
but somehow the guy won't get his $500 bond back.

He should get it back when he shows up for his appointed court date.

21 posted on 01/13/2014 9:26:42 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: logi_cal869
Yes, I’m a web-anti-social; I like my privacy.

Me too. I deleted all my Google stuff....gmail, YouTube, the works.

22 posted on 01/13/2014 9:27:56 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: logi_cal869

LinkedIn not only constantly asks for entry into your address book but they also want to lift any and all email addresses from your email account. I still use LinkedIn but I’m very careful. There are hundreds of people in my email account I have no interest in being buddies with.


23 posted on 01/13/2014 9:35:28 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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