Email users' expectation of privacy illegitimate, claims Google
Google has said that email users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy” in a Californian court case accusing the company of unlawfully opening up and acquiring the content of private email messages in order to target advertising.
According to an article posted on the Independent website, Google said the plaintiffs were making “an attempt to criminalise ordinary business practices” and that “all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing”. It claimed that the practice of scanning emails in order to target advertising was industry-wide.
The US pressure group Consumer Watchdog described the company's statement as a “stunning admission” of the extent to which internet users’ privacy is compromised.
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