Google Faces Canadian Privacy Suit Over Email Scanning

Law360, New York (October 5, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT) -- A British Columbia resident launched a putative class action in Canada on Thursday accusing Google Inc. of unlawfully intercepting and reviewing emails sent to Gmail users by non-Gmail subscribers in order to serve targeted advertisements.

Google violated the province's Privacy Act and Competition Act by “intentionally and systematically” intercepting, copying, scanning and using the words, content and meaning of these emails in order to avoid paying for the data, which the company uses to display targeted ads to consumers and for other revenue-generating purposes, plaintiff Wayne...
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