Below is the first part of an article by Joel Rosenblatt from businessweek.com. It reads…
Google (GOOG), fighting claims that it illegally scans private e-mail messages, says it shouldn’t have to face a lawsuit that lumps together hundreds of millions of Internet users. It may not have to, but the issues the lawsuit raises may be harder to deflect.
A case brought against Google in 2013 claims it violates a federal wiretap law, as well as several state privacy laws, by intercepting, reading, and mining the content of messages sent through its Gmail service, which has 104 million users in the U.S. The information, the suit claims, is used to target ads and build user profiles.
Privacy experts say the case raises important questions about how companies such as Google and other Internet companies make money from user data for a digital ad market that generated $42 billion in the U.S. last year. (Yahoo!, Facebook, andLinkedIn (LNKD) are facing similar actions.)
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