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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...
News Release
8/15/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
UPDATE!: @ConsumerWD's Reddit AMA will begin at 2:30 pm (Pacific time). Join John Simpson to discuss Google & Privacy at http://redd.it/1kfl5x SANTA MONICA, CA – Google is either lying to the court or lying to the public, Consumer Watchdog said today, after the Internet giant made new public claims asserting it respects users...
News Story
8/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Gmail users have no "legitimate expectation" their emails are private, Google Inc. said in a California court filing seeking a class-action lawsuit's dismissal. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, accuses the multinational high-tech giant of breaking U.S. wiretap laws by scanning all emails to target Gmail users...
News Story
8/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
This might not be surprising to many. But Google recently admitted that "'a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy" when she uses Gmail. The statement was made as part of a class action suit against the search giant that alleges Google violates state and federal wiretap laws when it scans your messages for data. The Santa...
Video
8/14/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a response to a class action lawsuit, Google has stated that people sending messages to Gmail users have "no legitimate expectation of privacy."
News Story
8/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google admits in filing that email users should not be surprised that the company processes communications As I have noted here before, it is worth remembering that as recently as 2009, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place....
News Story
8/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lavabit is no more. Silent Circle has shuttered its secure email service. All the major email providers appear to be complicit in one form or another with PRISM, the NSA’s clandestine email surveillance program revealed by The Guardian in early June. And now Google’s legal team is spraying gasoline on the controversy after filing a...
News Story
8/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Critics call revelation 'a stunning admission' as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing. Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation...
News Story
8/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is making headlines this week for a court filing that some have interpreted as an admission that Gmail users should have no expectation of privacy while using the service. The statement came as part of a motion to dismiss a class-action case that accused Google of violating federal and state wiretap laws via a program in Gmail that scans...