Judge Koh OKs Google's New $2.2M Email-Scanning Deal

By Dorothy Atkins (August 31, 2017, 7:35 PM EDT) -- U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said Thursday she'll preliminarily approve Google Inc.'s revised $2.2 million deal that would resolve a putative class action claiming the internet giant unlawfully scans emails for advertising purposes, after she tore into the original proposal for providing the class with "vague" injunctive relief.

During a hearing in San Jose, Judge Koh commended the parties for reaching a new deal under which Google has agreed to change its business practices for three years by not scanning emails during transmission, or emails that are being stored on its servers, for advertisement purposes.

"I think that's an excellent outcome,"...

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