Nothing to hide privacy matters ?

Posted on August 22, 2013

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Google has come under fire after admitting that it scans the content of incoming Gmail messages from users on third-party service providers, and cannot promise confidentiality.

The web giant has filed a motion to dismiss a US lawsuit that claims the firm has violated privacy laws by serving tailored adverts based on the contents of emails, The Guardian reports. The firm has also moved to assure users that it takes their security seriously.

“While the non-Gmail plaintiffs are not bound to Google’s contractual terms, they nonetheless impliedly consent to Google’s practices by virtue of the fact that all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing,” argued Google in its defense.

“While the non-Gmail plaintiffs are not bound to Google’s contractual terms, they nonetheless impliedly consent to Google’s practices by virtue of the fact that all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing,” argued Google in its defense.”Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery.”Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties’.”The “no legitimate expectation of privacy” quote is a reference to a 1979 lawsuit in which a US court ruled that the user relinquishes their right to privacy when they turn their communications over to a third-party source.The filing adds: “Non-Gmail users who send emails to Gmail recipients must expect that their emails will be subjected to Google’s normal processes as the [email] provider for their intended recipients.”Google details its privacy policy in its terms and conditions, but advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has hit out at the company.  SOURCE  and read more: Google under fire from rights group over Gmail privacy  @ Digital Spy

The company is facing a landmark group legal action by Britons angry over the way it circumvented settings on the iPhone to track their web usage. Google has already been fined a record $22.5m (£14.4m) by authorities in the United States over the practice.  Read more Google argues UK privacy laws do not apply

In a submission to the High Court, however, Google has argued that as an American company it is not covered by British privacy laws. It said there was “no jurisdiction” for the case to be heard here because its consumer services are provided by Google Inc, based in Silicon Valley, rather than Google UK.

The move raises questions about the rights of millions of British internet users who rely on Google for basic services such as web search and email. Its rivals, such as Facebook and Microsoft, provide their consumer web services through European subsidiaries so could not make the same jurisdictional argument.

The claimants said it showed Google’s policies “don’t respect” British privacy laws and compared its stance to its controversial avoidance of UK corporation tax.

Claimant Marc Bradshaw said: “It seems absurd to suggest that consumers can’t bring a claim against a company which is operating in the UK and is even constructing a $1bn headquarters in  London.”

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