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Class-Action Suits Filed Over E-mail Concerns

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 2, 2012

ABC News reports on two class-action lawsuits filed against Google and Yahoo in California alleging the companies illegally intercept communications from non G-mail and Yahoo e-mail users without their knowledge or consent. The plaintiffs' lawyer said his clients noticed that ads within their e-mail browsers correlated with their incoming messages. "The invasion of privacy by wiretapping or, in the alternative, eavesdropping, caused by...use of such devices seriously threatens the exercise of personal liberties," state the plaintiffs' lawyers. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems says a warning in its terms of service that caused privacy concerns was a mistake and it will change the language on its website.
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