The recent news about the National Security Administration’s widespread collection of U.S. phone records from Verizon as well as online content such as emails from foreign internet users has raised significant questions about privacy. Congress plans to question the NSA about its legal justification for the sweeping surveillance activities. Edward Snowden, a former employee of a government contractor, admitted leaking secret government documents about the controversial surveillance programs.
With the NSA surveillance story dominating the news, the Mike Slocumb Law Firm is handling a class action lawsuit involving internet privacy issues in Maryland. One of the firm’s clients, Matthew C. Knowles of Maryland, on June 11, 2013, was interviewed by CBS News about his lawsuit against Google, Inc., over the giant search engine company’s practice of intercepting emails sent to Maryland residents with Google “Gmail” accounts. An article titled “Maryland man seeks class action status against Google” was published in 2012 in the Baltimore Business Journal.
If you send an email to someone with a Gmail account, you may receive a “targeted advertisement” based on Google’s interception of your email. We believe Google’s practice is not only offensive, but it is illegal in some states. Google is scanning and intercepting emails that may contain sensitive, privileged or confidential information without first getting the consent or permission of both parties. The Mike Slocumb Law Firm is now reviewing potential Google intercepting email class action lawsuits from Maryland and certain other states. Call us for a free and confidential consultation.
In the Google privacy class action lawsuit involving our client, we are suing Google for allegedly violating the Maryland Wiretap Act. Other lawsuits have been filed against Google and Yahoo in California, alleging violations of the California Invasion of Privacy Act.
Anyone in Maryland who sent emails from a non-Gmail account email address to a Gmail account email address in Maryland may be able entitled to compensation through the Google class action lawsuit.
Wiretapping laws limit an individual’s ability to record telephone calls or in-person conversations in certain states. The laws may apply to the interception of emails by internet search engine companies. The following are states in which both parties must consent to being recorded: