gzt: It kinda sounds like Telecom may be switching from the half baked inconsistently maintained solution they have been using to Yahoo! Mail's standard service. Is that the case or is something different going on?
Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004
Duty to have interception capability
7 Network operators must ensure public telecommunications networks and telecommunications services have interception capability
(1) A network operator must ensure that every public telecommunications network that the operator owns, controls, or operates, and every telecommunications service that the operator provides in New Zealand, has an interception capability.
(2) However, subsection (1)—
(a) does not require a network operator to ensure that all components of the public telecommunications network or telecommunications service referred to in that subsection have an interception capability; and
(b) is sufficiently complied with if a network operator ensures, in whatever manner the network operator thinks fit, that at least 1 component of that network or service has an interception capability.
(3) Without limiting subsection (1), the duty under that subsection to have an interception capability includes the duty to ensure that the interception capability is developed, installed, and maintained.
ajobbins: Other free providers like gmail and hotmail will also scan you mail content for similar reasons.
Really, if you need to be sure this isn't happening to you, you need to host your own mail server.
JY: No issues with lawful interception, applies to all electronic communications.
It's the data mining to serve targeted advertisements that's the problem. Oh, along with leaks like illegally captured WiFi 'sample' data files, browser history, etc.
Forgot to log out of Google in a cyber café leaving a browser session open? Ooops
JY: Which bring us neatly back to the fact that you have to pay for xtra it's not free ...