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Google argues for 'right to read emails'

Last Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 17:56

Washington: Google is reportedly adamant on its stand that it is part of its business to systematically scan every email sent through its Gmail service and hence, cannot be held responsible for breaching privacy of users.

The search giant argued that the company must scan the emails sent to and from their systems as part of providing their services adding that the automated processes is part of providing the free Gmail service to the public.

However, privacy advocate, Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court said that Google is also collecting information about their users for other purposes and argued that e-mail scanning isn't technically necessary, only fiscally, Fox News reports.

The president added that the email scanning is not just for spam filtering but clearly for advertising as well.

According to the report, the lawsuit against Google filed in May claimed that the site '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 claims also include that Google scans messages sent to any of the 425 million active Gmail users from non-Gmail users who never agreed to the company's terms.

Court said that it is not just about Gmail but about whether the invasion of privacy laws that protects citizens everywhere else is going to protect them on the Internet.


First Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 17:56
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