The president recently nominated a staunch advocate of mass surveillance to chair one of the few barriers standing between intrusive government spying and the American people’s privacy.
At the heart of the case is Google’s practice of intercepting emails sent to Gmail customers, and scanning the content of those emails for two purposes — weeding out spam content and for targeted advertising.
A federal judge indicated on Thursday that she will approve a preliminary settlement between Google and users whose email content was scanned for advertising purposes. “I intend to grant preliminary approval for the settlement in this case,” U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh during a hearing Thursday afternoon. At the heart of the