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EPIC Files Objection to Lawsuit Settlement

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 1, 2011

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has objected to a class-action settlement reached between Google and Gmail users, Reuters reports. EPIC filed its opposition in court this week, saying that the part of the settlement that doles out $6 million to Internet privacy interests is flawed because the funds were given to groups that "receive support from Google for lobbying, consulting or similar services." EPIC had requested but was not granted a share of that sum. The filing states that the court should reject a deal "that encourages organizations to stand by quietly while others do the actual work of safeguarding Internet privacy."
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