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Gmail privacy court case

Social media lawyers

A warning for Gmail corporate users

Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their communications (both ways) are confidential says Google in a motion to dismiss a rapidly developing important legal challenge to its practice of reading Gmail users’ emails.

A USA law suit is claiming that Google reads private email messages that are sent to Gmail users without the consent of the senders.

A Court document  claims  that  Google is  scanning emails so that the company can target ads to users.  – a key component of the company’s business model.

In the law suit papers, documents have been disclosed from an earlier court case where Google claimed in its defence that:

“Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipient’s ECS [electronic communication service] provider in the course of delivery,”

Non Gmail users should be alarmed by this latest revelation because

while Gmail users may have consented to having their emails scanned by Google by agreeing to the company’s terms of service, non-Gmail users have not provided consent.

The lawsuit against Google, which was filed in May 2013, alleges that the company “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages.”

Read the full Motion to Dismiss that contains what appears to be an admission by Google for breach of privacy sent and received through Gmail.