Google has agreed to stop reading emails for millions of student GMail accounts after a lawsuit that was filed earlier this year.  Google had been scanning emails of more than 30 million underage students worldwide who used the “Google Apps for Education” service. They also used the students’ email content to build secret profiles to sell to advertisers.

The lawsuit against Google that was filed in northern California accused Google of violating the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974, which protects student records, and also violating state and federal wiretap privacy laws.

During the court proceedings, Google maintained that it didn’t actively advertise to the students in or outside the apps, and that it only collected email data.  According to, Google updated its privacy policies for the education apps and, in a blog post Wednesday, said it permanently disabled its ads program for the apps service.

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