Google says no Gmail privacy [Cape Argus (South Africa)]
(Cape Argus (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CALIFORNIA: People using Google's e-mail service should not expect privacy, the internet giant argued.
Its lawyers said anyone communicating via Gmail had no right to complain if the company used the contents for targeted adverts.
It was like someone sending a letter and a business colleague opening it for them, they argued in court.
A lawsuit filed in a district court in California accuses Google of breaching wiretapping laws by scanning |e-mails sent to Gmail and using the details to dictate advertising.
In a bid to dismiss the ongoing case, Google said "a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy when turning over information voluntarily to third parties".
John Simpson, of US campaign group Consumer Watchdog, said the analogy was "wrong-headed", adding: "Sending an e-mail is like giving a letter to the post office. I expect the post office to deliver the letter based on the address. I don't expect the postman to open my letter and read it."- Daily Mail
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