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Google accused of scanning e-mail content for placing ads

Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 13:57

Wellington: Google has been accused of improperly scanning the e-mail content of its customers in order to place ads, and a US federal judge has reportedly refused to dismiss the lawsuit.

US District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the proposed class action lawsuit against Google can proceed, while rejecting the search giant`s argument that its users had consented to having their e-mail read for the purposes of targeted advertising.

Google spokesman Matt Kallman said that the company was disappointed in the decision.

According to, the nine plaintiffs maintain that Google violated several laws, including federal anti-wiretapping statutes by systematically crossing the `creepy line` to read private e-mail messages in order to profit.

Koh ruled that nothing in the policies suggests that Google intercepts e-mail communication in transit between users, and in fact, the policies obscure Google`s intent to engage in such interceptions, the report added.


First Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 13:57
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