Yahoo has been accused of spying on the emails of their users, it has emerged.

The corporation is facing a class action lawsuit, with more than one million people are expected to take part in the case.

A Californian judge ruled that any Yahoo Mail users who sent or received an email from October 2nd 2011 can sue.

Additionally, a group of people in California who did use Yahoo’s services may collectively sue the firm under the state’s Invasion of Privacy Act.

Users are suing after accusing the firm of copying and analysing their emails for keywords and attachments as part of a bid to turn the data into a targeted advertising campaign for its 275 million customers.

It is claimed that Yahoo derived 80 per cent of its income from search and display advertising last year.

However, Yahoo had originally tried to claim that users had consented to its actions simply by continuing to email Yahoo addresses after learning what the email giant was doing.

This claim was rejected by the court.

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