Written by an American, with reference to American laws, and to be quite honest, if the government want to look at one of my spam mail accounts they are quite free to do so, i will even forego the legal crap and send them my username and password.
It raises a few points that apply equally to all electronic communication, in that there is no such thing as privacy and no such thing as security when talking about email, forums, IRC etc.
I don't use gmail because my ISP is kind enough to have a web interface to their servers so I don't need it. I also don't send (or post) anything that could be incriminating (because I don't break any laws, of course :angel: )
It's actually probably worth the sticky just to remind people of that