Ginny Marvin says, “Google agreed to change its email scanning practice on Tuesday as part of a court settlement, The Verge first reported.

The changes involve the way the company scans emails for ad serving purposes. With this agreement, Google will no longer scan emails to collect data used for ad targeting before emails hit users’ inboxes.

In the class action suit — Matera v. Google, Case No. 5:15-cv-04062, filed in 2015 — plaintiffs argued that scanning emails before they are received by users violates the Wiretap Act and the California Information Privacy Act. The plaintiff represented non-Gmail who had sent emails to Gmail users and had not agreed to Gmail’s terms of service, but had had their emails scanned for advertising purposes. The suit likened Google’s email scanning to the US Postal Service going through mail or a phone company listening in on phone calls. Google had argued that scanning and selling information was how it is able to provide Gmail services for free.

The suit also alleged that Google’s email terms of services and privacy did not mention the email scanning practice for use in advertising to users before December 19, 2014, and that the company failed to legally obtain the consent of Gmail users”.

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