Jimmy H. Koo reports:
Oct. 3 — Tech companies may have dodged a bullet as the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 3 denied review to consumers upset about Alphabet Inc.’s Google’s and third party advertisers’ alleged practice of placing cookies that evade web browser privacy settings ( Gourley v. Google, Inc., U.S., No. 15-1141, review denied 10/3/16 ).
The consumers argued that the case raises important issues on the scope of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), under which the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act (SCA) reside, that could allow sweeping warrantless government surveillance.
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