When Google makes the world go black…and why the world is still reading

Wired (US) – 3rd April 2017 – Google’s cloud computing service LUMINOS has been accused of breaking the law by using a system that allows a US military contractor to bypass the privacy of millions of people.

LUMIOS’ LASER LIGHT technology uses light from a laser to emit beams of light at a target, which then emit lasers back at the target to reveal what it sees.

The process has previously been used by police and the US military to track and kill people.

A group of internet users, including several former LUMUS staff, filed a lawsuit on Thursday, alleging that the system violates their civil liberties.

A LUMO service spokesman told Wired that the company is “committed to protecting the privacy and security of our users and data”.

However, the group said it would continue to fight against the LUMIS service.

The suit, which names the company Google, is the latest in a long line of legal challenges to LUMINOOS technology.

In November last year, a US appeals court rejected an attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Google against LUMINEOS for the LASERS used by the company.

Last year, the same appeals court also rejected a request to dismiss LUMLINOS’ complaint against the military contractor, claiming the company was in breach of contract.

The group of LUMus users claims that LUMICOMs use of LASERY LIGHT violates their privacy rights, as well as the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment and a host of other US laws.

The lawsuit alleges that LAMERS violate the US Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the Electronic Communications Omnibus Act (ECHOA), the Federal Wiretap Act (FWA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The plaintiffs claim that LAMIOS and its competitors have broken ECPA, FWA and FWA’s prohibition against intercepting communications.

The complaint states that LamiOS uses a “highly sophisticated” “deep packet inspection” (DPI) system that relies on the data from LAMIS and its customers, and then “leaves the user’s electronic communications unprotected”.

A DPI system uses software that “leaks” the contents of a communication without the user knowing or even being aware of it.

The plaintiff alleges that “LAMIS is using the LAMIOS technology to enable LAMOS to intercept the contents, even if LAMIO has no knowledge of it”.

“Google is a corporation whose CEO and COO, Eric Schmidt, owns and controls a significant percentage of the shares of LAMINOS,” the group claims.

LAMICOM has previously admitted that LAMS use is illegal under ECPA.

LAMI’s legal team told Wired last year that it “does not have the resources to contest this claim in court”.

Google’s use of DPI is prohibited under FWA.

Lamios spokesperson Eric Shulman told Wired in a statement that the group “believes that this lawsuit is baseless and is looking forward to resolving this matter through a neutral court”.

“We have never provided any LAMI services, nor did we receive any requests for any LAM service,” Shulmans statement said.

“LAMIOS does not offer any ‘remote monitoring’ or ‘luminance’ technology to its customers or employees, and has never used LAMI or LAMI products for any purpose.”

LAMI, which is based in New Zealand, said it “did not use any of LAMI ‘luminaires’ for any lawful purpose”.

“Lamios has never been or will never be subject to the restrictions under the Privacy Act,” LAMI said.

Google has not commented on the lawsuit. ®