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Advocacy Groups Oppose $8.5M Settlement

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 23, 2013

Advocacy groups including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Consumer Watchdog, Center for Digital Democracy, Patient Privacy Rights and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse are opposing Google’s settlement in a privacy lawsuit, writing to U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila that the donation of $8.5 million to nonprofit groups and schools should be rejected, Media Post Blogs reports. While the groups cite several reasons, “the most significant is that the deal allows Google to continue engaging in the same activity that led to the lawsuit—leaking the names of people who use its search engine,” the report states, noting, “The only difference for Google is that the deal requires it to revise a section of its privacy policy.”
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