A lawsuit filed in the federal court for the Eastern District of Texas earlier this month alleges that Google’s Gmail service violates users’ privacy by reviewing the contents of each e-mail and using that information for purposes of targeting advertisements. Plaintiff Kelly Michaels has brought claims for invasion of privacy, fraud, and violation of the federal Wiretap Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2510, as well as similar Texas statutes, and seeks to represent a nationwide class. According to the complaint, Google targets users through an algorithm it developed to identify keywords in the e-mails. The complaint also alleges that Google fails to fully disclose its practices to Gmail users. Michaels, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 11-CV-107 (E.D. Tex. Mar. 8, 2011).
Register Now As you are not an existing subscriber please register for your free daily legal newsfeed service.Register
If you have any questions about the service please contact email@example.com or call Lexology Customer Services on +44 20 7234 0606.
Telecom privacy news
- Arent Fox LLP
- Ross A. Buntrock , Jonathan E. Canis , Alan G. Fishel , Michael B. Hazzard , Jeffrey E. Rummel and G. David Carter
- March 21 2011
If you are interested in submitting an article to Lexology, please contact Andrew Teague at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I enjoy the CLANZ newsstand and find it highly relevant to my job. I definitely have forwarded various articles to my colleagues on occasion where there is a point of general interest, particularly employment or IT law. I...
“I enjoy the CLANZ newsstand and find it highly relevant to my job. I definitely have forwarded various articles to my colleagues on occasion where there is a point of general interest, particularly employment or IT law. I really appreciate the service, it's a quick way for me to keep up to date in a way I wouldn't otherwise have time to.”