Google hit with class action suit for alleged privacy violations

Shane McGlaun - Oct 26, 2010
Google hit with class action suit for alleged privacy violations

Google has been hit with a new class action suit for allegedly violating the privacy of its users by releasing detailed search query data to third parties. The suit alleges that Google’s privacy policy says that it will not share queries with third parties and that it has denounced the sharing of search queries of users in the past.

The suit was filed in San Jose, California by Paloma Gaos from San Francisco. Gaos’ legal counsel is Kassra Nassiri of Nassiri & Jung LLP and Michael Aschenbrener of Edelson McGuire LLC. The suit is seeking monetary damages for Gaos and any other Google user whose search queries were shared with third party companies.

The suit also seeks an injunction to prevent Google from sharing this type of data in the future. “Because of its dominance in the search business, Google, more than any other company, presents a great risk to citizen privacy. As recent events have made clear, the selling and reselling of personal information is a multi-billion dollar business that shows no signs of slowing down,” says Kassra Nassiri, co-lead attorney. “By systematically disclosing user search queries, Google is adding more fuel to the privacy fire than most people realize.”

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