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Google Customers File Suits

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 22, 2012

Google customers have filed lawsuits in U.S. federal courts alleging the company's new privacy policy violates its earlier policies on user consent, COMPUTERWORLD reports. The lawsuits seek class-action status for Google account users and Android phone owners from August 2004 to February 29, 2012. A California suit alleges that not only did the new privacy policy rescind the company's earlier policy to not combine user data across Google services without consent but also did not provide an opt-out. A New York suit makes similar claims and asks for a universal opt-out. Google has not commented on the suits.
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