Google Data Privacy Ruling Widens ECPA Divide

Law360, New York (December 9, 2013, 9:23 PM EST) -- A California federal judge last week disagreed with a colleague in concluding that Google Inc.'s aggregation of user data across its platforms did not fall under an exemption to federal wiretap law, exemplifying the struggles courts are having when it comes to applying the outdated statute to modern communications, attorneys say.

In a Dec. 3 ruling, Northern District of California Judge Paul S. Grewal ruled that a proposed class of Google users had failed to show that the company's aggregation of Gmail messages with other data...
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Case Information

Case Title

In re Google, Inc. Privacy Policy Litigation

Case Number



California Northern

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions


Paul Singh Grewal

Date Filed

March 20, 2012

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