We are not twisting it around. We are simple educating you.
They don't collect info on us to prevent crime or catch criminals.
True. That's not the reason they do it. All info collected have a reason to be collected. Like making the use of their service easier and better for the user. It is however sometimes used to prevent chime by organizations like the NSA. This is a good thing.
What they do is illegal. They have ties to the CIA n the NSA which are not known for their legality either.
If what NSA does is legal or not is a hole other discussion that some agree in and some disagree in. That discussion can take days to complete. however Google are not doing anything illegal. If they did. they would have lawsuits up their a**
You are agreeing to they terms of usage.
Google don't literally read your email. They can and do grand the police access to your email.
If say CIA want's info on you and ask Google for it, they by law
have to obey.
Don't think your other email service are any more secure. They also save your emails on their server(s). If CIA ask them about info about you they also have to obey. (if it's an american services that is. Some international services are protected by the laws in their country)
The main reason Google are saving searches is to make it browsing the web easier for you and give you more relevant ads.
You don't want to see ads about makeup do you.
The police can use your search history against you in court.
Like if you are suspected for terrorism and the police ask Google about you and you recently have searched for "how to make a bomb".
That's gonna be a huge defense against you in court. This is a good thing. It can (and has
) made the difference between putting crazy people behind bars where they belong and letting them walk free.