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 December 31, 2012  Posted by  Business, Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Venkat Balasubramani and Eric Goldman offer some analysis and comments on a lawsuit  that challenged Google’s consolidation of dozens of privacy policies into one policy:

The court does not get to the merits, and instead rebuffs plaintiffs on the basis that they do not satisfy the requisite (Article III) standards for standing.

The first argument for standing was that the privacy policy changes would force plaintiffs to replace their Android-powered devices. However, no plaintiff actually alleged that he or she actually was “forced” to replace their phone on the basis of the privacy policy changes.

Second, the court also takes issue that the combining of personal information by Google causes any (compensable) harm at all.

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