Google Risks Pro-Privacy Persona To Win Data Cases

Law360, New York (August 20, 2013, 8:43 PM ET) -- Google Inc. recently said in multidistrict litigation that non-Gmail users could not expect their messages to remain confidential when sent to Gmail users, a potentially effective legal argument that also sacrifices some of the company's fiercely held and valuable pro-privacy reputation, experts say.

The online giant made the claim in June as part of its bid to counter allegations that the company violated state and federal wiretap laws by harvesting data from email sent to Gmail users. Google argued that the plaintiffs' claims failed because Gmail...
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