A group of email users can move forward with a class action lawsuit against Google for its Gmail keyword-scanning system, Judge Lucy Koh has declared. Earlier today, Koh filed a decision on Google’s request to dismiss the case, which accuses it of violating anti-wiretapping laws by “reading” emails in order to display targeted advertisements. Though she agreed that aggrieved users couldn’t legally bring a few of their claims to court, Google might still have run afoul of the California Invasion of Privacy Act and the federal Wiretap Act, and some of its far-reaching defenses stand little chance of success.
At the heart of the case is a question of whether Google’s scanning constitutes intercepting a piece of communication without the…
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