Google is urging a federal court to dismiss a privacy lawsuit filed by San Francisco resident Paloma Gaos who alleges that her name was leaked to Web sites she visited after conducting vanity searches.
Automatically transmitting search queries to publishers — even when the queries include users’ names — “is actually a routine and foundational aspect of the Internet,” Google asserts in a motion filed late last week in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif. The search giant also argues that the lawsuit filed by Gaos should be dismissed because she isn’t alleging any economic loss — which some courts have held necessary in privacy lawsuits.
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Related: Google’s motion.