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Google Wins Dismissal in Privacy Policy Case

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 4, 2013

Google has won its dismissal of a lawsuit challenging its privacy policy, which allows it to combine user data across its different products, Bloomberg reports. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal ruled the plaintiffs failed to prove they had suffered losses as a result of Google’s actions, but he also ordered the plaintiffs can refile their claims. “A plaintiff must do more than point to the dollars in a defendant’s pocket,” Grewal wrote in his ruling. In order for the suit to move forward, the plaintiffs have to demonstrate how Google’s use of their data “deprived the plaintiff of the information’s economic value.”
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