Russia: Man sues Google for reading his private emails; wins lawsuit

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2 December 2015

Moscow City Court's judgment on Burkov v. Google case on protection of privacy of email correspondance

"Civil Case No. 33-30344. Findings and rulings on appeal", 16 September 2015

...Pursuant to Articles 328 - 330 of the Civil Procedural Code of the Russian Federation, the judicial collegium orders: The judgment of Zamoskvoretskii District Court of the City of Moscow of 21 April 2015 is vacated. A new judgment is entered, by which: A. L. Burkov’s complaint against Google LLC is granted, Google LLC is enjoined from reading A. L. Burkov’s personal correspondence, Compensation for moral harm is awarded to A. L. Burkov and against Google LLC in the amount of 50 000 Rubles and costs for the payment of government fees in the amount of 200 Rubles.

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2 December 2015

Russian man sues Google for reading his private emails

Author: The Moscow Times

A Russian man has filed a lawsuit against search giant Google, accusing it of violating his privacy by showing him advertisements based on comments made in private e-mails. Anton Burkov, from Yekaterinburg, filed the suit in a Moscow court when advertisements for French hotels and visa services began appearing alongside Google search results — shortly after discussing a trip to Strasbourg with friends...A company spokesperson said the Russian branch of Google had been incorrectly identified as a defendant in the case as it is not responsible for the company's Gmail e-mail service. The suit should therefore have been filed against the U.S-based Google Inc., the representative was cited as saying by RIA.

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