E-mail users brought the lawsuit against Google in 2013, alleging that the company was violating wiretapping laws by scanning the content of e-mails. The plaintiffs' complaints vary, but some of the cases include people who sent their e-mails to Gmail users from non-Gmail accounts and nonetheless had their content scanned. They argue that since they didn't use Gmail, they didn't consent to the scanning.
US District Judge Lucy Koh refused Google's motion to dismiss the case in September. Koh also denied the plaintiffs class-action status in March on the grounds that the ways that Google might have notified the various parties of its e-mail scanning are too different, and she could not decide the case with a single judgment.
This is the full text of Google's terms of service addition related to e-mail scanning:
Our automated systems analyze your content (including e-mails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.
While the new text makes the scanning practices very clear, the issue at hand for many of the plaintiffs in Google's lawsuit is whether non-Gmail users are obligated to be familiar, or were familiar, with the Gmail terms of service even though they were not users themselves. The specific mention of "received" content suggests Google may not want the burden of warning non-Gmail users that e-mails sent to Gmail will be scanned.
Shifts in thought, shifts in perception, shifts in paradigms, all shifts happen simultaneously and concomitantly, some we see and some we don’t, some of these shifts are gradual and some of these shifts are sudden. Our task here then is to contain both kinds, to uphold a view that is floating above the fray and yet intertwines with the fleeting moment of eternality we call now. The shifts that are coming upon us are disrupting the ways of old in the most positive way possible; they are finally rearranging our modes of thought and basic worldviews.
We are entering a new and distinct period in history, the era of the Cyber Soaring Humanity.
From : Cyber Soaring Humanity, or The rise of the Cyber Unified Civilization
which continues here: The Natural Asymmetry of Infocologies
and then here: This mountain has no top
then: Hybrid futures, Knowmads and the Notion state
and then: Hybrid futures and Knowmads (pt2)
Knowmads as metabolic reactors of information (Hybrid Future and Knowmads (pt 3)
Knowmads as Aesthetic Curators of information (Hybrid Futures & Knowmads pt 4)
Knowmads as Critical Relevancies (Hybrid Futures & Knowmads pt 5)
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Becoming a Cyborg should be taken gently: Of Modern Bio-Paleo-Machines-
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