Google asks judge to keep Gmail privacy case docs secret, because only Google is entitled to privacy

Google asks judge to keep Gmail privacy case docs secret, because only Google is entitled to privacy

ON JULY 29, 2014

Back in May, Google settled a giant class action suit over its mining of Gmail user data. Now it faces another fight: Major media outlets fighting to convince the judge to keep public the documents generated during the case.

Google’s attorneys argue that there is no reason to make the documents public, given that the court refused to certify the class and the case didn’t proceed. Meanwhile representatives for a ragtag band of media companies — referred to in court docs as “The Media Intervenors,” which is a great name for a band —  argue that the public has a right to know details of the case: “Under the First Amendment and the federal common law, the press and the public have a presumptive right of access to court proceedings and documents.”

In a case management conference scheduled for tomorrow, Judge Lucy Koh (who Pando readers will remember as the judge presiding over the Techtopus wage fixing suit) will decided whether to seal the documents.

The documents filed by both sides are embedded below. The Media Intervenors, in case you were wondering, comprise…

Allbritton Communications Company
Atlantic Media, Inc.
California Newspaper Publishers Association
Courthouse News Service
Forbes LLC
Gannett Co., Inc.
Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University
The McClatchy Company;
MediaNews Group, Inc., d/b/a Digital First Media
National Press Photographers Association
National Public Radio, Inc.
The New York Times Company
The New Yorker
The Newspaper Guild – CWA
North Jersey Media Group Inc.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Reuters America LLC
The Seattle Times Company
The American Society of Newspaper Editors
Association of Alternative Newsmedia
Digital Media Law Project
First Amendment Coalition
Online News Association
The Society for Professional Journalists
…and, on bass, TheWashington Post Company.


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