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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
9/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google may get out of a big class-action privacy lawsuit virtually unscathed if its settlement proposal is approved. However, EPIC, Consumer Watchdog, Patient Privacy Rights, the Center for Digital Democracy, and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse contend that 1) it fails to require Google to make any substantive changes to its business practices;...
Blog Post
9/5/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Google went to federal court in San Jose  to defend the company’s eye-popping assertion that those who email G-mail users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy.”  Federal Judge Lucy H. Koh said she would consider Google's request to dismiss the privacy case, but also set a date to schedule a trial -- suggesting...
News Story
9/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice. In a federal court hearing Thursday in San Jose, Google argued that "all users of...
News Story
9/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
It's hoping to dismiss the class-action suit over privacy Google lawyers are in court today arguing to dismiss a lawsuit that would stop the company from scanning Gmail users' email messages for advertising purposes. A motion hearing in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif. is set for 4:30 p.m. ET today when the company's attorneys...
News Story
9/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google Begins A Motion Today To Dismiss Class Action Lawsuit Google is embarking today on what will likely be a long and arduous process to throw out a class-action lawsuit against it. The lawsuit concerns whether Gmail is violating federal and California state privacy laws by having an automated processor scan emails sent from non-Gmail accounts...
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
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...