Friday, February 10, 2012

FTC sued over Google privacy changes

The Electronic Privacy Information Center ("EPIC") filed suit (PDF) against the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") over Google's upcoming privacy policy changes set to take effect March 1, 2012 (our post). The case is Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Federal Trade Commission, 12-00206-ABJ, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

The District Court expedited the suit (see The Washington Post); FTC has until February 17 to file its response, after which EPIC will have until February 21 to reply.

EPIC seeks to compel the FTC to act prior to March 1, when Google plans will make it possible for the company to combine user data across 60 services. EPIC alleges that this change in business practice violates the consent order that Google entered into on October 13, 2011. The consent order (see The Washington Post) arises from a complaint that EPIC brought to the FTC in February, 2010 concerning the short-lived social networking tool, Google Buzz, and a similar attempt by Google to combine user data.

Today, Google's privacy self-assessment report claims (EPIC obtained full report  here) it's in compliance with the FTC's consent order.

What do you think? Post a comment!

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Links Updated February 25, 2012 


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