One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled Lawsuit alleging Gmail ads are “wiretapping” gets judge’s OK.
It’s widely understood that the ads Google puts in Gmail are based on the content of e-mails. The millions of Gmail users presumably accept the company’s promise that “no humans read your e-mail.”
Despite that, a lawsuit claiming that Google’s practice violates pre-Internet anti-wiretapping laws will be going forward. Lawyers representing non-Gmail users of various stripes in a class-action lawsuit say their clients never agreed to have their e-mails intercepted and scanned by Google. They argue that Google’s “interception” of those e-mails violates federal anti-wiretapping laws and state privacy laws. And today, US District Judge Lucy Koh agreed with them, refusing to grant Google’s motion to dismiss the case.
Source: Ars Technica