Consumer Privacy Groups Stress Opposition To Settlement In Google Privacy Suit

SANTA MONICA, CA — Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because the chanel espadrilles proposed deal provides no benefit to class members.

In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Consumer Watchdog, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the Center for Digital Democracy and Patient Privacy Rights said:

“First, the proposed settlement fails to require Google to make any substantive changes to its business practices; second, it provides no monetary relief to the class; and third, the proposed cy pres allocations do not meet the Ninth Circuit’s requirements for alignment with the interests of class members.”

Read the groups’ letter here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/cpo-ltr-judge-davila-re-gaos.pdf

The final fairness hearing in the case, known as the Google Referrer Header Litigation, is before Judge Davaila on Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, CA.

“As the date of the final fairness hearing approaches, we respectfully urge you to address the ‘obvious deficiencies’ we identified in our letter to you last year,” the groups wrote.

Read the groups’ earlier letter here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/epicetal-inregoogle-10-13.pdf

The five consumer privacy groups have also asked the Federal Trade Commission and the California Attorney General to oppose the settlement.

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Published by John M. Simpson

John M. Simpson is a leading voice on technological privacy and stem cell research issues. His investigations this year of Google’s online privacy practices and book publishing agreements triggered intense media scrutiny and federal interest in the online giant’s business practices. His critique of patents on human embryonic stem cells has been key to expanding the ability of American scientists to conduct stem cell research. He has ensured that California’s taxpayer-funded stem cell research will lead to broadly accessible and affordable medicine and not just government-subsidized profiteering. Prior to joining Consumer Watchdog in 2005, he was executive editor of Tribune Media Services International, a syndication company. Before that, he was deputy editor of USA Today and editor of its international edition. Simpson taught journalism a Dublin City University in Ireland, and consulted for The Irish Times and The Gleaner in Jamaica. He served as president of the World Editors Forum. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Harpur College of SUNY Binghamton and was a Gannett Fellow at the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. He has an M.A. in Communication Management from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

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