A class proceeding against Google Inc is underway in California, in which it is alleged that Google violates federal wiretap and state privacy laws when it deploys an automated process to analyse a Gmail user's e-mail messages and send targeted advertising based on the content of the user's communications. Google has argued that its processes are fully disclosed and expressly or implicitly consented to by consumers, as well as being protected from liability under wiretap legislation under specific exemptions for activities conducted in the ordinary course of business: In Re Google Inc Gmail Litigation (ND Cal, case no 5:13md-02430-LHK, hearing date 5 September 2013).
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