$8.5M Google Privacy Deal Improper, 9th Circ. Told

Law360, San Francisco (March 13, 2017, 8:51 PM EDT) -- An objector told the Ninth Circuit Monday that Google’s $8.5 million settlement of a privacy class action raised conflict of interest concerns by giving all the money to charities, including two alma maters of attorneys involved in the case, instead of compensating the users whose search terms were divulged.

The deal — which settled a pair of class actions over Google’s practice of disclosing users’ sensitive search terms to third parties, an alleged violation of the Stored Communications Act — was approved in 2015 and gave the entire settlement to cy pres recipients AARP Inc., Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chicago-Kent...

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