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Judge Dismisses Advocate's Legal Challenge

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 27, 2012

Ruling that it does not have the authority to order the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take enforcement actions, a federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge to Google's new privacy policy brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Bloomberg reports. Earlier this month, EPIC filed the legal challenge claiming the new privacy policy would violate Google's settlement with the FTC. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said, "EPIC--along with many other individuals and organizations--has advanced serious concerns that may well be legitimate...The FTC, which has advised the court that the matter is under review, may ultimately decide to institute an enforcement action." EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg said, "The judge did not reach the merits of the EPIC complaint," adding that his organization is appealing the decision and will ask Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) to hold a public hearing on the issue.
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