Google wants to read your emails
September 6, 2013
Google attorneys argued Thursday that the company needs to systematically read every email sent through its mail system. [Fox]
In court documents, Google argues that “all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing.”
Privacy advocates argue that scanning emails isn’t technically necessary.
“They’re also collecting information about their users for other purposes,” Consumer Watchdog president Jamie Court told Fox. He and other privacy advocates argue that e-mail scanning isn’t technically necessary — only fiscally.
“It’s not just for spam [filtering]. It’s clearly for advertising,” he said.
The class action lawsuit says Google “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.