How Google`s Gmail privacy argument got misinterpreted
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 15:49
  
Washington: The entire debate surrounding Google's so-perceived indifference towards its users' concern about their email privacy has reportedly been put to rest as most of the critics have clearly misinterpreted the search engine giant's arguments in its defense.

Google made a motion in June to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Gmail violates federal and state wiretapping laws by scanning emails at the server level and many consumers as well as critics failed to acknowledge what the site meant when it said that 'a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties', The Verge reports.

The report said that Google's statement has been widely misinterpreted as the site's argument isn't event about Gmail users but about 'non-Gmail users' who haven't signed Google's terms of service.

The argument is categorically for the 'Non-Gmail Plaintiffs' citing the quote from the 1979 Supreme Court case Smith v. Maryland, according to which, people who email Gmail users are necessarily involving Gmail's servers in the mix, kicking the third-party doctrine into effect.

Google's argument thus suggests that non-Gmail users who send emails to Gmail recipients must expect that their emails will be subjected to Google's normal processes as the email provider for their intended recipients, which is pretty much within the legal parameters, the report added.

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First Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 15:48


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