The Herald Sun reports that Google is facing another lawsuit because of the way it scans the content of emails received by its Gmail users. Google does this so that it may more effectively calculate and target which advertisements to place in that person’s inbox and around that person’s Google account & services.
The plaintiffs claim that Google “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages” in violation of California’s privacy laws and even federal wire-tapping laws. Google on the other hand believes that “all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing.” The judge for case Lucy Koh has indicated that she could terminate the case or schedule a fully fledged trial for it next year. There’s no telling which way the decision might go.
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