Google Reaches $8.5M Settlement In Search-Data Suit

Law360, New York (July 22, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. will shut down a pair of putative California class actions accusing it of illegally divulging search query information to third parties via the URL from its search engine results page after reaching an $8.5 million settlement disclosed Friday.

The plaintiffs asked U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila to approve a deal in which Google will update its “frequently asked questions” section to disclose the disputed practice and pay millions to Internet privacy groups like Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and...
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