Boston, MA 08/14/2014 (wallstreetpr) – Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) was recently directed to face legal claims in case alleging that the company shared content of a few e-mails illegally. In the ruling given by U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, a lot of Internet companies including Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD), were held accountable for making use of personal data and converting the content into advertising dollars.
Privacy Lawsuits Gaining Momentum
Reconciliation of Wiretap Laws
The cases, now demand from Judge Koh to settle wiretap laws regarding how companies make use of huge amount of data which is generated when people send and receive e-mails and also browse and surf online.
Judge Koh recently permitted all e-mail users to chase alleged violation case of yahoo for wiretapping as well as anti-eavesdropping law, which does not allow for illegal interceptions of communications. Also, the judge declined to accept Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)’s claims in which it said that this law was not applicable here because the e-mails received by the company en-route to some recipient were in electronic storage format and not in transit.
Statement from Users’ Lawyer
The attorney of users, David Straite said that some part of this ruling puts forward a message that one needs to offer greater and much more privacy protection than what federal government offers. Judge Koh permitted the users to move ahead in allegations which were brought under wiretap law provisions; on the basis that yahoo had unlawfully disclosed content of user’s e-mails to third party. The judge, at present, is presiding over various lawsuits concerning privacy filed against Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). These lawsuits, have now taken the form of class action.