Google Attempts to Consolidate Privacy Lawsuits
Google Wants to Face Single Mega-Lawsuit over WiFi Snafu
Google is attempting to consolidate the growing number of lawsuits against the company as a result ofits “accidental” WiFi data collection. Meanwhile, a privacy group has analyzed an independent analysis of the situation and is now accusing Google of having “criminal intent” with the whole debacle.
Google filed a motion in the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation this week, seeking to roll all eight lawsuits (plus any that might pop up in the future) pertaining to the data collection situation into one case. …
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Source: Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica, June 11, 2010.
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Also of note, last month, the head of the House Judiciary Committee in the U.S., Michigan Democrat John Conyers, sent letters to Google and Facebook urging them to cooperate with any government privacy inquiries. Conyers asked Google to retain the data until any inquiries are complete.
Source: AP News