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30 May 2015

Yahoo accused of illegally accessing and scanning emails

Paul Holland - Cyber Crime, Cyber Security, Data Leakage, GDPR, Uncategorised - 0 comments

A US District judge has given the go ahead to a class action lawsuit which accuses Yahoo of illegally accessing and scanning emails – sent to and from its estimated 275 million Yahoo Mail subscribers – without consent.

The suit claims Yahoo intercepted and parsed the content of emails, including attachments, sent to Yahoo Mail customers from non-Yahoo accounts for the purpose of delivering targeted ads.

The non-Yahoo Mail users, who claim the sharing of that data with third party advertisers is a violation of federal and California state laws, are seeking an injunction that would block the alleged interceptions.

They also seek a damages settlement, something that is significantly enhanced through class action status. In all, it’s estimated that there could be more than 1 million members of the lawsuit.

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