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Consumer Group, Resort Challenge FTC

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 30, 2012

The U.S. District Court of Northern California has granted Consumer Watchdog the right to challenge the legal logic behind the proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement with Google, POLITICO reports. The advocacy group has questioned how the FTC can charge a company with a violation while also allowing no admission of guilt. A Google representative noted, “We are confident there is no basis for this challenge,” while a Consumer Watchdog spokesman said, “The settlement is particularly the start of a very slippery slope,” adding, “It’s very important the FTC get called on this.” Meanwhile, Wyndham Hotel & Resorts LLC is challenging the FTC’s allegations that it failed to adequately secure consumer data.
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