Google Settlement Over Search Data Lacks Teeth, Groups Say

Law360, New York (August 22, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT) -- Several consumer and privacy advocate groups on Thursday said Google Inc.’s recent $8.5 million settlement of a pair of class actions alleging the company illegally divulged search information to third parties should not be accepted because it wouldn’t make Google change its practices.

The plaintiffs in the litigation last month asked U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila to approve the deal, in which Google agreed to update its “frequently asked questions” section to disclose the disputed practice and pay millions to groups like Harvard Law School’s...
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