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August 15, 2013 9:56 AM

Google’s Gmail privacy policies are challenged

Google critic Consumer Watchdog has sparked a new outcry about Gmail privacy by highlighting a lawyerly argument the company made in a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit. The complaint, brought by four Gmail users and five other plaintiffs who have sent emails to Gmail accounts, accuses Google of violating communications privacy laws. The company’s offense? Scanning incoming email messages for keywords in order to serve advertisements that might be relevant to the mail recipient.

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