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EPIC and FTC Face Off in Court

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 29, 2012

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) "are going toe-to-toe in court" ahead of Google's implementation of its new privacy policies, ZDNet reports. EPIC filed a legal challenge earlier this month claiming Google's new privacy policy would violate the company's settlement with the FTC, but a judge dismissed the suit last week. Monday, EPIC filed an emergency appeal asking the court to overturn the ruling. The Department of Justice, representing the FTC, filed an opposition on Tuesday to the Court of Appeals. Meanwhile, French data protection authority, the CNIL, has stated Google's new policy violates European data protection law, and U.S. legislator Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) has announced a privacy hearing in which Google is likely to participate.
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