BC man sues Google claiming it data-mined G-mails

According to the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email), Wayne Plimmer of Sechelt, British Columbia, is suing Google, claiming the Internet’s most powerful online advertising gorilla breached sections 1 and 3 of the British Columbia Privacy Act R.S.B.C. 1996 c. 373 and s.52 of the Federal Competition Act R.S.C. 1985 c. C-34.

The class-action parallels many of the aspects of the three cases filed in July 2012 in California, against Google and  Yahoo!,  says the post.

“If the B.C. lawsuit against Google for its data mining of Gmail is successful, it has the potential to make anti-spam and anti-virus software that scans emails illegal,” says Gillian Shaw in the Vancouver Sun,

“Similar cases have been launched in the United States, where Eric Goldman, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law and director of the High Tech Law Institute, has characterized them as ‘are-you-kidding-me’ lawsuits,  Says the story

“If electronic scrutiny of private email constitutes an interception then all anti-spam software violates that as well … the same probably with virus checkers,” Goldman said when asked about the lawsuit filed Thursday in BC Supreme Court.”

“In the U.S., I consider similar lawsuits to be dead on arrival,” Goldman said.

“They have no merit. I can’t speak to Canadian laws.”

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