The proposed $8.5 million settlement in In re Google Referrer Header Privacy Litigation may not be approved. Joel Rosenblatt reports:
Google Inc. (GOOG)’s settlement of a privacy lawsuit probably won’t win approval because it includes a donation to an Internet research center at Harvard University and to other schools that attorneys who brought the case attended, a judge said.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila voiced his concerns at a hearing today in San Jose, California, over the settlement of a suit claiming the company transferred personal information contained in user searches to third parties including marketers and data brokers.
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Privacy organizations had objected to the settlement, as John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog explains in discussing yesterday’s hearing.