Google Gets Sued for Reading Your Emails


Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is facing a class action lawsuit over its practice of scanning emails sent to and from user accounts in order to target Gmail users with ads.

The Associated Press reports that at a court hearing in San Jose, California, on Thursday, Google argued the case should be dismissed. Google believes it’s clearly stated in its privacy agreements that all emails would be electronically processed. Judge Lucy Koh said she would consider dismissing the case, but that seems unlikely as it’s being closely watched by privacy advocacy groups and because the verdict would set a precedent for other email providers.

Attorneys are suing Google on behalf of 10 individuals, and the lawsuit is expected to be certified as class action, according to the AP. Lawyers for the plaintiffs had some harsh words for Google, saying the company ”unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages.”