The Moscow City Court: Google violate the e-mails privacy

The Moscow City Court: Google violate the e-mails privacy

Google is present not only in the search and mobile operating systems, but also in many different areas. For example, the company owns a popular email service Gmail, because of which the company recently fined in Russia.

The Moscow City Court has collected from the Russian representation of Google's 50000 rubles for the claim about reading emails. The reason for vacating of the first-instance court decision (then Russian Google representative said that the claims should be issued to Google Inc. in the United States) was the fact that the plaintiff concerned violation of the “Google” electronic correspondence confidentiality.

The Moscow City Court considers that the statement of Ltd. “Google" about only placement of advertisements by means of the service AdWords (that is, they did not violate the privacy of correspondence) does not remove the responsibility from the Russian representative. As the Russian legal entity, the company uses at their own risk the software which violates the Constitution. This conclusion was made in court without admitting that the company "Google" does not manage AdWords.

Google user agreement has openly stated that the company intends to analyze emails. Press service of Ltd. "Google" assured that no one reads the letter. However, such a position is not so good for Google.

 Nevertheless some lawyers say with confidence that the court wrongly decided to ask someone who is closer. The lawyers insist that the Russian division of the company will be able to reverse the appellate instance decision if the company can prove their innocence to the monitoring address in Russia. The Russian division of the company Google used the software of the parent company which violates the constitutional rights of citizens.

Many experts find this case a global one, not only a particular example. If the subsidiary company will still be forced to answer for the actions of the parent company this practice may spread everywhere in the future. If the company "Google" will be able to fight back it will once again confirm the practice of direct responsibility and protects the Russian international company’s representation from the proceedings of this kind.