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July 26, 2012 / Alison Wilson

Google Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Privacy Violations

A recently-filed class action lawsuit claims that Google illegally intercepts emails sent from non-Gmail subscribers to Gmail subscribers, in violation of the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA).

The suit was filed on June 12, 2012, in Marin County Superior Court on behalf of all California residents who are not Gmail email subscribers but have sent emails to people who are.

The CIPA prohibits anyone from wiretapping or eavesdropping on emails without the consent, knowledge, and permission of all parties.

According to the complaint, “Google purports to justify the legality of its practice based upon a purported consent given by the intended Gmail subscriber recipient. However, the interception and review of the content of such email occurs prior to delivery to the intended Gmail recipient and without the consent of the email’s author and sender.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages and injunctive relief.

On June 28, 2012, a similar lawsuit was also filed in Marin County Superior Court against Yahoo!.

If you feel your privacy rights have been violated, contact Khorrami, LLP for a consultation.

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