Does Google use its softeare to search your G-mail account, looking for patterns that will increase its ability to target afs? Two plaintiffs say so. They have taken Google to court.
I have never used Google’s G-mail except as a way for me to get access to my YouTube channel. I figured there would be no privacy.
But some people think G-mail is convenient. It is convenient. For Google.
Representatives from Google are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit waged at the company’s Gmail platform because the plaintiffs in the case cannot explicitly prove that their correspondence is being unlawfully monitored by the email service.
Brad Scott and Todd Harrington are the lead plaintiffs in a case that attempts to call-out the Silicon Valley search engine company as being in violation of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA) because they believe Gmail conducts clandestine scans of emails for words and content, intentionally intercepting private communiqué as a result without obtaining the user’s permission. Google, on the other hand, maintains that only computers complete all the legwork and that no humans actually have their eyes on any emails, also insisting that neither Mr. Scott nor Mr. Harrington can back up their claims that any action from Gmail has led to injury.
Google admits that it does search content by means of “fully automated processes involve no human review of any kind.” These are used to screen spam and viruses.
The plaintiffs say this is the equivalent of wiretapping. It’s eavesdropping.
“Plaintiffs fail to articulate a single concrete injury stemming from the automated processing of emails sent to Gmail users. Plaintiffs instead rely on conclusory allegations that their privacy rights were infringed in the abstract.”
The ante has been upped by the Obama Administration. The President’s cyber-security executive order allows third parties (read: Google) to hand over this information to the federal government.
About 11 members of Congress sent a written letter of protest to the White House. We await the other 524 to add their names to the letter.