I have heard a lot of people talk about how they won’t use Gmail because it is somehow unsafe or that Google is going to read all their email. Anybody who says this does not know much about email. Gmail is actually one of the safest places to host your email.
Every single email host that you get from your host or registrar is just as insecure as Gmail or each other. No matter what, your email is stored on a server that people have control over. This means that at Gmail, Hostgator, 1and1, Godaddy, Bluehost, or any host there are employees that can read your email if they wanted to. Some of the bigger companies like Hostgator and Godaddy have hundreds of low level employees that have access to your email. At Hostgator every person in support including people in their first week of training has access to your email.
The next problem is that your email bounces around all over the Internet from server to server before it reaches its destination. Each one of those servers has the ability to intercept your emails and read them. So unless you only communicate using encrypted emails with everybody you communicate with your emails are not secure and can be read. Even if you encrypt your emails the government has access to your encryption code by law.
Worst case Gmail is no better or worse than any other email host. I prefer to use Gmail because there are only a handful of people at Google that can read my email. The other excuse is that my email is somehow insecure because Google sends me ads based on the text of my email. This is true but this is a computer program not a human. You are identified as a number and served ads based on your behavior. The program nor the advertiser knows or cares who you are personally or what is in your email other than to send you ads.
I use Gmail because it is the best platform out there. Nothing comes close. Nobody is going to be reading your email.