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News Story
9/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal judge allowed a class-action suit against Google to proceed, saying the company's terms of service are unclear when describing how it scans Gmail content in order to deliver advertisements. Google had filed a motion to dismiss the suit, which alleges that the company intercepted and read email while in transit in order to deliver...
News Release
9/26/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- In a seminal decision for online privacy, a federal judge in San Jose, CA., today rejected Google's claims that wiretapping laws do not apply to its Gmail business and that consumers who email people with Gmail accounts have no legitimate expectation of privacy. In rejecting all but two of the Internet giant’s...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In a major defeat for Google, a federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that its Gmail service violates federal wiretap laws by scanning emails in order to surround them with contextual ads. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh in the Northern District of California specifically rejected Google's argument that people who send or...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Judge puts stop to company's motion to dismiss class-action suit regarding scanning of Gmail e-mails, says Wiretap Act is applicable. A class-action suit targeting Google's scanning of Gmail messages to deliver targeted advertising can go ahead, based on a federal anti-wiretapping law, a judge ruled Thursday. Google had filed a motion to...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal judge ruled Thursday that Google may be violating wiretap law when it scans the e-mails of non-Gmail users, allowing a lawsuit against the company to move forward. In her ruling, Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District Court of California, questioned the clarity of Google’s privacy policy in explaining how it collects and uses e-...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A federal judge today found that Google may have breached federal and California wiretapping laws for machine-scanning Gmail messages as part of its business model to create user profiles and provide targeted advertising. The decision by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh was rendered in a proposed class-action alleging Google wiretaps Gmail as part of...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s practice of intercepting users’ emails is subject to state and federal wiretapping laws, a federal judge in San Jose, CA. ruled Thursday. Google’s intercepting users’ email to better target advertising to those users does is not exempted under wiretapping laws, Judge Lucy Koh said, rejecting in part Google’s...
News Story
9/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
According to the Wiretap Act, it is illegal to Intentionally, or purposefully, Intercept, disclose, or use the contents of Any wire, oral, or electronic communication Through the use of a “device” Taken at face value, that would mean Google is breaking the law when their computers scan Gmail messages in order to...
News Story
8/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog barked back at Google's claim that "a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties" by urging Gmail's 400 million users to stop using the email service.   Google's claim is featured in its June 13 motion to dismiss a complaint filed by nine...
News Story
8/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Critics condemn internet giant over 'no legitimate expectation of privacy' argument   A U.S. consumer advocacy group has reignited the debate over online privacy after it unearthed a court document in which Google argues that anyone sending messages to Gmail’s 425 million users should not expect privacy. The court document is...