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Privacy lawsuit against Google dismissed

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 10 Oct 2013 22:31 User comments (2)

Privacy lawsuit against Google dismissed A class-action lawsuit against Google over the secret storing of cookies in Safari despite users' settings has been dismissed.
Delaware Judge Sue Robinson dismissed the case, finding that the plaintiffs had failed to prove any real harm had been done, and failed to convincingly argue that Google violated their rights. At issue is Google's storing of cookies in the Safari and Safari mobile browser even when users had privacy settings that should prevent it.

Google had been using a flaw in the Safari browser to do so, and when it was caught the company claimed it was a mistake. However, it was later revealed that Google was doing something similar with Internet Explorer.

The company found itself on the end of a $22.5 million fine from the FTC for its actions in August 2012.

However, in the class-action lawsuit, Judge Robsinon foudn no evidence that the cookies themselves caused tangible harm to users, and the information the cookies provided to Google (URLs) fell short of the criteria demanded by the Wiretap Act.

Google now faces another lawsuit over GMail keyword scanning.

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2 user comments

111.10.2013 0:49

Wow! Imagine that. A Bing commercial that was actually telling the truth. (Gmail keyword scanning.) I am shocked. (About the "truth in advertising" thing, not the keyword scanning. Lol)

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Now to other matters.

"... failed to convincingly argue that Google violated their rights."

Also, it should be either:
"... when it was caught the company claimed it was a mistake."

or:
"... when it was found out the company claimed it was a mistake."

Even the following would be acceptable:

"... when caught the company claimed it was a mistake."

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The Syntax Socialist
(Lol)

216.10.2013 17:13

The fact that a judge actually ruled in favor of google on this is very disconcerting. It sets a dangerous precedent that will most assuredly rear it's ugly head in the years to come.

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