No matter what they say about privacy all e-mail is on someone's server before it gets to you even if it is a private account from your ISP nothing is private, even if it is deleted from the server's there is probably a backup copy of your e-mails somewhere as the major ISPs probably do server backups daily of all files...and that would include e-mails just in case their server would go down and they would have to restore from a backup. That said I use Gmail quite frankly I feel they have the widest range of services offered from online spreadsheets, word documents. databases, calendars, pictures and now their new Google drive which you can use like a thumb-drive and access on any computer anywhere. Once you really get over the privacy thing...and realize that it doesn't exist you can enjoy the many benefits of online e-mail