Privacy Group Asks 3rd Circ. To Scrap Google Tracking Deal

By Ben Kochman (December 7, 2017, 2:56 PM EST) -- A privacy advocacy group has urged the Third Circuit to reject Google's $5.5 million settlement that allows the search giant to pay internet watchdogs — and not consumers — to resolve claims that it bypassed privacy settings on Apple's internet browser Safari to track users.

In an amicus brief accepted by the appeals court this week, the Washington, D.C- based nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center ripped the lower court for "rubber-stamping" the deal without considering possible conflicts of interest among the award recipients. EPIC also urged the court to scuttle the settlement on the grounds that it not does not require...

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