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

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.”

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Charlie Hebdo Survivor: Glad Obama Didn't Come to Paris

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 22:56 PM

Laurent Leger, a Charlie Hebdo staff member who survived the attack that killed several of his co-workers earlier this m . . .

Will Ron Paul's Views Hurt Rand Paul's Presidential Ambitions?

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 22:25 PM

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who has run for president three times as a Libertarian and as a Republican, was never more t . . .

WH Chief of Staff Accidentally Reveals American ISIS Hostage's First Name

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 21:07 PM

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough accidentally revealed the first name of an American woman being held by the I . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

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