Tags: google | privacy | gmail | users

Google: Don't Expect Privacy

Image: Google: Don't Expect Privacy

Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 11:41 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Users of Google’s Gmail service should not expect the emails they send or receive to stay private, Business Insider reports.

According to a motion filed in July by Google in hopes of having a class action complaint dismissed, lawyers representing the Internet company said anyone who turns over any information to a third party has no right to expect that information to stay private.

The motion was based on Smith vs. Maryland, the 1979 Supreme Court case in which the majority decision stated that “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.”

The brief, obtained by the Consumer Watchdog web site, claims that Google employs automated processes to sift through email for the purposes of providing spam filters, advertising relevant to its users and other features of the Gmail service.

According to the Huffington Post, the class action complaint accuses Google of infringing on the privacy of its users by searching their personal messages for information that will aid in the placement of targeted ads it displays.

The suit calls for Google to make full disclosure of precisely what information it's taking from emails, and to pay damages for these alleged privacy violations.

“Google has finally admitted they don’t respect privacy,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director.

“People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents’ privacy don’t use Gmail.”

The company’s viewpoint is consistent with a statement made in 2009 by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he made clear Google is simply following the terms laid out by the Patriot Act.

“If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place,” Schmidt said.

“But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time.

And ... we're all subject, in the United States, to the Patriot Act, and it is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities.”












© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Cuomo Retains Defense Counsel as Corruption Probe Widens

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 22:19 PM

A criminal defense attorney says he's been retained by the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a federal prosecutor  . . .

Obamacare Subsidy Case Could be Reviewed by Supreme Court

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 22:17 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insuran . . .

Krauthammer: 'Incomprehensible' That Republicans Stopped Border Bill

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 22:04 PM

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer called it "incomprehensible" that Republicans couldn't get together to pass a . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved