Lawyers Get $4M, Consumers – 0 In Yahoo’s Internet Privacy Case

Just as Google, Yahoo announced in 2013 that they would begin scanning their users’ emails for targeted advertising purposes. Class-action lawsuits followed the company’s action, which was stating that Yahoo was violating the “personal liberties” of non-Yahoo Mail users. These persons were sending emails to Yahoo Mail users and realized that Yahoo was scanning their messages without their permission.

“Plaintiff and the Class are among the multitude of U.S. residents who have sent electronic communications or emails to a Yahoo Mail user or users, and whose personal liberties have been, and continue to be, intruded upon when these private communications are read or, in the alternative, eavesdropped upon by Yahoo,” the lawsuit reads. It said Yahoo’s new scanning policies violated federal and state privacy laws. “Yahoo’s e-mail scanning regime seriously threatens the free exercise of personal liberties, and is of the type of behavior that the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature has declared should not be tolerated in a free and civilized society.”

The latter lawsuit, which was one of six suits merged into a single class action, demanded a judge to halt the screening and award each victim “$5,000 or three times actual damages” in addition to “reasonable

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