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Transcript of Google hearing

I’ve not had a chance to read it, yet, but the transcript of the September hearing for the wiretapping case against Google is available. (pdf download)

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This month in email: September 2013

Looking back through the month of September there were a couple things talked about on the blog. Legal cases discussed I wrote quite a bit about the Google wiretapping case. In this potential class action suit, a number of plaintiffs are suing Google for intercepting emails in violation of the federal wiretapping statutes and state wiretapping […]

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Google wiretapping case, what the judge ruled

Yesterday I reported that the judge had ruled on Google’s motion to dismiss. Today I’ll take a little bit deeper look at the case and the interesting things that were in denial of the motion to dismiss. Google is being sued for violations of federal wiretapping laws, the California invasion of privacy act (CIPA) and […]

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Judge sides with plaintiff, refuses to dismiss wiretapping suit against Google

Judge Koh published her ruling on Google’s motion to dismiss today. It’s a 43 page ruling, which I’m still digesting. But the short answer is that Google’s motion was denied almost in total. Google’s motion was granted for two of the claims: that email is confidential as defined by the California Invasion of Privacy Act […]

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Questions on Google lawsuit post

A couple questions in the previous discussion thread about the Google privacy case. Both concern permission granted to Google to scan emails. Google’s stance about this is fairly simple. Gmail users give explicit permission for their mail to be scanned. People who send mail to Gmail users give implicit permission for their mail to be […]

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No expectation of privacy, says Google

I spent yesterday afternoon in Judge Koh’s courtroom listening to arguments on whether or not the class action suit against Google based on their scanning of emails for advertising purposes can go forward. This is the case that made news a few weeks ago because Google stated in their brief that users have “no expectation […]

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Is Google failing DKIM keys shorter than 512 bits?

Today’s Wednesday question comes from Andrew B. and got pushed to Thursday so I could check a few more facts. Have @Gmail yet confirmed the @ReturnPath story that they’ll start failing weak DKIM sigs? RP cites no source: http://goo.gl/Rb5to  @hey4ndr3w The answer is that no one from Gmail has publicly confirmed that they’re failing to […]

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Email marketing OF THE FUTURE!

ISPs are continually developing tools for their users. Some of the newer tools are automatic filters that help users organize the volumes of mail they’re getting. Gmail released Priority Inbox over a year ago. Hotmail announced new filters as part of Wave 5 back in October. All of these announcements cause much consternation in the […]

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Spammers and Google+

I have a google+ account, but don’t check it very often. There seems to be a significant amount of noise on the feeds and trying to keep up with all the people who added me to circles was driving all the real mail out of my gmail inbox. This morning I realized the noise just […]

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Gmail shows authentication data to the recipient

Yesterday Gmail rolled out some changes to their interface. One of the changes is that they are now showing end users authentication results in the user screen. It’s really the next step in email authentication, showing the results to the end user. So how does Google do this? Google is checking both SPF and DKIM. […]

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  • AOL compromise

    Lots of reports today of a security problem at AOL where accounts are sending spam, or are being spoofed in spam runs or something. Details are hazy, but there seems to be quite a bit of noise surrounding this incident. AOL hasn't provided any information as of yet as to what is going on.4 Comments


  • ReturnPath on DMARC+Yahoo

    Over at ReturnPath Christine has an excellent non-technical summary of the DMARC+Yahoo situation, along with some solid recommendations for what actions you might take to avoid the operational problems it can cause.No Comments


  • AOL problems

    Lots of people are reporting ongoing (RTR:GE) messages from AOL today.  This indicates the AOL mail servers are having problems and can't accept mail. This has nothing to do with spam, filtering or malicious email. This is simply their servers aren't functioning as well as they should be and so AOL can't accept all the mail thrown at them. These types of blocks resolve themselves. 1 Comment


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