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Suit Filed for Circumventing Do Not Track

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 1, 2012

In the wake of reports of companies "dropping cookies on Safari users" despite the browser's block on third-party cookies, a Texas resident has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against an ad company and a search engine for allegedly "circumventing the no-tracking settings on the Safari browser," MediaPost News reports. Lourdes Villegas is seeking class-action status in the suit against PointRoll and Google, the report states, accusing the companies of violating federal computer fraud and wiretap laws and California state laws. The companies involved had previously said they had stopped tracking users or were in the process of deleting the cookies, the report states.
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