A federal judge presiding over the “Data Valdez” lawsuit has ruled that AOL members may pursue their attempt to force the company to destroy records about users’ searches. U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong in Oakland, Calif. ruled recently that the consumers’ allegations — including the assertions that AOL “engages in a practice and policy of storing search queries” — were sufficient to entitle the members to seek an injunction. The decision means only that the consumers can attempt to prove that they are entitled to an injunction, not that they will prevail. Trial in the matter is not slated to take place until November of 2011.
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