Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1317 Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward
Thanks to a judge's order, Google must face another proposed class-action lawsuit over its scanning of Gmail. The issue is a lingering headache for the search giant, which has faced allegations for years now that scanning Gmail in order to create personalized ads violates US wiretapping laws.

In a 38-page order (PDF), US District Judge Lucy Koh rejected Google's argument that the scanning takes place within the "ordinary course of business."

"Not every practice that is routine or legitimate will fall within the scope of the 'ordinary course of business'," Judge Koh wrote.

Koh noted that while Google has to scan for other reasons, like virus and spam prevention, the company didn't have to scan for advertising purposes. She noted that in April 2014, Google "ceased intercepting, scanning, and analyzing, for advertising purposes, the contents of emails transmitted via Google Apps for Education."
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#1319 Google Chrome, Firefox address bar spoofing vulnerability
#1318 Sage data breach may impact hundreds of business customers
#1317 Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward
#1316 Operation Ghoul: targeted attacks on industrial and engineering organizations
#1315 $2.5 million-a-year ransomware-as-a-service ring uncovered
#1314 FalseCONNECT vulnerability affects software from Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and more
#1313 Easy to carry out, difficult to fight against: Why ransomware is booming in 2016
#1312 LinkedIn sues 100 individuals for scraping user data from the site
#1311 Now data-stealing Marcher Android malware is posing as security update
#1310 VeraCrypt audit under way; email mystery cleared up
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