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Google Denied Chance To Immediately Appeal Wiretap Ruling

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 30, 2014

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied Google’s request to immediately appeal her ruling that the company’s scanning of Gmail messages potentially violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, MediaPost News reports. That means the ruling will stand for now. Koh’s ruling could have implications for Internet service providers’ common practices—even seemingly innocuous ones like scanning for viruses. “We desperately need clarity on the legal question,” said one law professor, adding it could be months, years or longer before that arrives.
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