Google’s lawyers are taking a vacation next week now that two big lawsuits are off the table. Yesterday, Google settled a 7-year lawsuit with Viacom over copyright issues. Today, a judge tossed out a class action suit involving privacy and Gmail.
Privacy and Gmail, you say? Excuse me while I throw a Jumbo Shrimp on the barbie.
The issue stems from Gmails habit of scanning your mail in order to send targeted advertising. . . I mean. . . protect you from spam. Gmail users said that this was an invasion of privacy so a small group tried to file a class action suit on behalf of a larger body of users.
According to Bloomberg, a win could have resulted in damages of $100 a day per person for violating federal wiretap law.