Nov 092010
 
 November 9, 2010  Court, Online, Surveillance

Eilizabeth Banker writes:

A class action lawsuit filed against Google on October 25th in the Northern District of California may have the Googlers feeling like it is perhaps true that no good deed goes unpunished. The suit, Gaos v. Google, alleges that Google violated the Stored Communications Act as well as several California state consumer protection laws by revealing the content of search queries to third parties. To support the proposition that search queries contain sensitive, private and often personally identifiable information, the complaint draws significantly from Google’s own legal filings in its 2006 opposition to a Department of Justice subpoena for search query information issued in the Child Online Protection Act litigation. At the time, Google positioned itself as a champion of user privacy by contesting the subpoena and raising concerns that the search queries are content protected by the Stored Communications Act.

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