Are you one of the 30 million people who used a Google Apps .edu email address from November 2010 to May 2014?
Google read your emails

Our clients seek $10,000 each from Google per the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Join them. Stand up for your digital privacy and pursue your $10,000 claim.

Some schools told users their email was private (apparently the schools were fooled by Google). Those users reasonably expected privacy. So, they have strong claims against Google.
Gallo LLP is now accepting clients, on a contingency basis (you’ll pay us nothing from your pocket), from the following schools:
  • Bates College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Harvard
  • Michigan Tech
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • San Diego State
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Maine
  • University of Michigan
  • Virginia Tech
  • Western Oregon University
  • Yale
(If you believe your school should be added to this list, visit our FAQ page.)

About This Case

On April 30, 2014, Google announced that it had stopped scanning Google Apps for Education-powered account emails for advertising purposes1—after denying for years that it ever had been.2
By then, more than 30 million students, teachers and administrators were using GAE-powered .edu email accounts.1 If you used a GAE-powered .edu email account before that, Google apparently intercepted and read your emails to profile you.3 If you didn’t consent, these acts violated federal law and may entitle you to $10,000 in statutory damages.
On March 16, 2016, an amended complaint was filed on behalf of approximately 700 GAE users.Read the complaint. See if you qualify to join them.

What Is Your underline Privacy Worth?

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act authorizes the court, in its discretion, to award $10,000 (in some cases more) for the unauthorized interception of email.4
  • Want Google to delete its data about you?
  • Want to hold Google accountable so other companies will be more likely to follow the law and honor people’s privacy in the future?
  • Want to ask the court to award you $10,000?
Those are all good reasons to join the lawsuit if you qualify.

Act now.

Ask the court to make Google “do the right thing” (since it gave up on “don’t be evil”).

Responsible Attorney

This site is sponsored by attorney and consumer advocate Ray E. Gallo.
Since 2007, Ray has individually represented more than 1,900 current and former students, and tens of thousands of former student class members, in cases concerning student loans. Mr. Gallo is a graduate of Yale University and the UCLA School of Law. He has been listed in Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Pre-eminent lawyers since 1999, and enjoys AVVO.com's perfect "10" rating. Last but not least, Ray has accumulated a stunning winning percentage at trial (more than 85% of cases tried to verdict and a perfect record in defense trials).
Do your homework on us, and then join the case against Google.

Citations

1. "Protecting Students with Google Apps for Education." Official Google Blog Post. http://googleforwork.blogspot.com/2014/04/protecting-students-with-google-apps.html
2. "Google Apps Documentation & Support." Internet Archive. https://web.archive.org/web/20130821070235/http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=60762 Archived on Aug. 21, 2013. "Note that there is no ad-related scanning or processing in Google Apps for Education or Business with ads disabled."
"Google Apps Documentation & Support." Internet Archive. https://web.archive.org/web/20111208111432/http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=60762 Archived on Dec. 8, 2011. "Note that there is no ad-related scanning or processing in Google Apps for Education or Business with ads disabled."
3. "Google Under Fire for Data-Mining Student Email Messages." Education Weekly. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/13/26google.h33.html
"Google Stops Mining Education Gmail and Google Apps Accounts For Ad Targeting." TechCrunch. http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/30/google-stops-mining-education-gmail-and-google-apps-accounts-for-ad-targeting/
4. Electronic Communications Privacy Act. 18 U.S.C. sec. 2520(c)