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.