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Class Action Filed Over E-mail Program

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 11, 2011

MediaPost reports that a second lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court alleging privacy violations in Google's Gmail service. The complaint, which seeks class-action status, was filed by a Texas resident who contends that the company violated federal law by "scanning and capturing the contents of every e-mail sent and received through Google's Web-based e-mail program." While the company has not formally responded to the suit, its online privacy statement notes that the practice "is completely automated and involves no humans...Neither e-mail content nor any personal information is ever shared with other parties as a result of our ad-targeting process."
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