Color me a little befuddled as to why this is making headlines now, instead of years ago. Dominic Rush in The Guardian:
People sending email to any of Google’s 425 million Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in a court filing.
Didn’t Gmail users already know this? Why do you think Gmail is free?
From the lawsuit:
Unbeknown to millions of people, on a daily basis and for years, Google has systematically and intentionally crossed the ‘creepy line’ to read private email messages containing information you don’t want anyone to know, and to acquire, collect, or mine valuable information from that mail.