Google Argues Wiretap Act Allows It To Scan User Emails

Law360, San Francisco (September 5, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to toss a privacy class action accusing it of violating the Wiretap Act by scanning Gmail users' email to target advertisements, arguing that the law allows an email provider to intercept communications when doing so supports its day-to-day business.

The federal act and its state counterparts allow electronic communication service providers such as Google to intercept and read emails under “ordinary course of business” exceptions, argued Google's attorney, Whitty Somvichian of Cooley LLP. That applies to Google because...
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