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Judge Grants Wiretapping Appeal

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 19, 2011

A federal judge has announced that Google has the right to appeal last month's ruling, which stated that the company's Street View information-gathering practices constituted illegal wiretapping, Wired reports. With more than a dozen combined lawsuits seeking damages from the company, U.S. District Judge James Ware said that his ruling is the first of its kind, according to the report, and that an appellate court is better equipped to decide the case. Ware said, "Thus, in light of the novelty of the issues presented, the court finds that its June 29 order involves a controlling question of law as to which there is a credible basis for a difference of opinion and also finds that certification of the June 29 order for appeal would materially advance the litigation."
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