Supreme Court to Hear Arguments about Controversial Consumer Privacy Settlement

14 01 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in Frank v. Gaos, a class action settlement that provided no benefit to Internet users. Google disclosed user search histories to third parties without consent, a practice that could violate federal and state privacy laws. But under the terms of the settlement, Google “will not be required or requested to make any changes” to its business practices. Also, no funds were provided to the Internet users on whose behalf the case was brought.  . . .

A federal appeals court narrowly approved the settlement, 2-1, with the dissenting judge warning that courts must be on the lookout “not only for explicit collusion, but also for more subtle signs that class counsel have allowed pursuit of their own self-interests.”


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