Students Sue Google Over Email Scanning

February 4, 2016

Students at the University of California at Berkeley are launching a class action lawsuit against Google over the company's automatic scanning of emails for advertising keywords. Google ended the practice in 2014, but students say the company violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 by scanning the emails of more than 30 million K-12 and higher education users between 2010 and 2014 without their consent. The students are seeking damages of at least $10,000 and for Google to delete the information collected about them. The case is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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