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Google commingling lawsuit to go ahead in the US

Three strikes and its on
Thu Jul 24 2014, 16:19

A LAWSUIT filed against Google over user privacy and advertising is going ahead despite opposition.

The case concerns the courts with "commingling", or Google's 2012 decision to package its users of various services under one umbrella. The radical switch, though considered by the firm to be a simplifying of the system, drew opponents from all sides.

Google has moved to have the case dismissed twice already, and this time the presiding judge said that the time for motions to dismiss is over and it's time to go to trial.

"Like Rocky rising from Apollo's uppercut in the 14th round, plaintiffs' complaint has sustained much damage but just manages to stand," wrote Judge Grewal in his decision, according to the Courthouse news website.

While two parts of the complaint were dismissed, a third, to do with breach of contract between Google and Android users, will go ahead. We have asked Google to comment, but so far it has not been forthcoming.

The case began in the spring of 2012 with Google's announcement about a unified privacy policy. That announcement opened up a floodgate of opposition and Google stood at the epicentre.

The fallout from the decision is still being felt, not just in the US, but in Holland and Italy, too.

While Google has not commented on the broadening of opposition outside the US, it has told The INQUIRER in the past that it attempted to work with regulators on the policy and will continue to study their advice.

"We've engaged fully with the Italian DPA throughout this process to explain our privacy policy and how it allows us to create simpler, more effective services, and we'll continue to do so," it said in its last statement. "We'll be reading their report closely to determine next steps." µ


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