Joel Rosenblatt
March 14, 2014

Google Inc., the world’s largest Internet-search provider, is seeking to black out portions of a court hearing transcript that includes information on how it mines data from personal e-mails.

Google, fighting a lawsuit claiming its interception of e-mails amounts to illegal wiretapping, asked U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in a filing yesterday to redact “confidential” information from the transcript, without being more specific. The key revelation at the Feb. 27 hearing was the existence of “Content Onebox,” used by Google to intercept e-mails for targeted advertising and to build user profiles, Sean Rommel, a lawyer for plaintiffs, told the judge at the time.

The hearing in federal court in San Jose, California, was to determine whether the lawsuit will proceed as a group suit, or class action. Koh’s ruling will have implications for other e-mail privacy cases assigned to her that were filed last year against Yahoo! Inc. and LinkedIn Corp.

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