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Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail


AP National Writer

LAST UPDATED: 03:42 a.m. HST, Sep 05, 2013

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 are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice.

In court records filed in advance of a federal hearing scheduled for Thursday in San Jose, Google argues that "all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing."

The class action lawsuit, filed in May, says Google "unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people's private email messages" in violation of California's privacy laws and federal wiretapping statutes. The lawsuit notes that the company even scans messages sent to any of the 425 million active Gmail users from non-Gmail users who never agreed to the company's terms.

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mikethenovice wrote:
No complaints from Yahoo Mail. I guess it's safe over there.
on September 5,2013 | 06:06AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Yahoo is possibly using a variant of this practice in allowing it to send specialized ads which are planted to email accounts like a ticker tape.
on September 5,2013 | 07:57AM
silvangold wrote:
that "all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing." THAT STATEMENT ALONE IS THE MOST STUPIDEST I'VE HEARD.... Doesnt EVERYONE honestly believe that our email should be treated like THE US MAIL THAT COMES TO OUR HOMES ???????????? I myself don't agree that they or ANYBODY / ANY BUSINESS should be allowed to "OPEN up ANY email and read it unless its ADDRESSED TO THE;M! so are we to believe that a court will actually rule in their favor? if so, there goes my gmail account......I'll find other options to set up somewhere else!
on September 5,2013 | 06:44AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
snail mail does not equal gmail. Anything you put on the internet, ANYTHING, you must expect that it could go public.
on September 5,2013 | 11:05AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
What amazes me more is the fact the people still use Google or its Google mail service, Gmail.
on September 5,2013 | 07:55AM
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