As part of a potentially explosive lawsuit making its way through
federal court, giant online-services provider Google has
acknowledged scanning the contents of millions of email messages
sent and received by student users of the company’s Apps for
Education tool suite for schools.
In the suit, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company also faces
accusations from plaintiffs that it went further, crossing a
“creepy line” by using information gleaned from the scans to build
“surreptitious” profiles of Apps for Education users that could be
used for such purposes as targeted advertising.