Yahoo accused of spying on users for profit
YAHOO was accused in a United States lawsuit of intercepting e-mail messages sent to users of its mail service and using personal information to profit from related advertisements.
The plaintiff is seeking damages of US$5,000 (S$6,200) for each person whose privacy was allegedly invaded, according to a complaint filed on Friday in federal court in San Jose, California.
Information gleaned by scanning communications between users and non-users is used for tailoring advertisements to them, increasing Yahoo's revenue, according to the filing, which cites the company's published policies for its new e-mail service.
Yahoo spokesman Sarah Meron declined to comment on the complaint. Ads bring in three quarters of the company's revenue, according to the complaint.