Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stunning Google Admission in Court on Gmail Lack of Privacy

The Guardian reports on a stunning admission Google makes in a court document about the lack of privacy for users of the Gmail system. filed a class action law suit, In re Google Inc. Gmail Litigation, Case No. 5:13-md-02430-LHK, which will be held before Judge Lucy H. Koh in U.S. District Court in San Jose, CA. at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 5. The complaint was sealed since it involved business practices, but a highly redacted version was filed publicly, and can be found here. And THIS is the Google motion to dismiss that is the source of the Guardian excited report.  The first argument is titled: 

"The Wiretapping Claims Fail Because

the Alleged Scanning Practices Are
Part of Google’s Ordinary Course
of Business as an ECS Provider"

I'd say that's pretty chilling stuff. Google says, "You can't sue us for cooperating with the NSA wiretapping because we already listen in to all your e-mail conversations as a matter of our business practices!

OK. That makes it all alright.  You go, guys.  Don't be evil.  

1 comment:

Betsy McKenzie said...

Upon refelection, perhaps this is more a case of clumsy lawyering.