Four former and current University of California, Berkeley students have sued Google in federal court in San Jose, California, claiming that the company scanned their academic-affiliated Gmail accounts.
The plaintiffs allege that their Gmail accounts were scooped up, processed, and retained by the company for analytics, advertising, and tracking purposes from November 2010 until March 2014—in directly contrast to what their universities had told them previously. In April 2014, Google announced that it had ended the practice of scanning Google Apps for Education accounts.
The new proposed class action lawsuit, known as Corley et al v. Google, alleges similar behavior across Gmail users at several universities nationwide, including San Diego State University and Yale University. Potentially, the case could affect tens of millions of students and former students nationwide.
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