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Congress Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against Google

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    they shoulda kept their mouths shut...

    Google Data Collection Eyed by Congress, Class Action Lawsuit
    By Jacqui Cheng

    The heat is being turned up on Google over its recent WiFi data collection incident. Two members of Congress have now sent a letter to the FTC asking a series of questions about how Google's actions might be covered by federal law and what actions the FTC might take.

    The letter is short and sweet, but it shows that there is growing concern in Congress over Google's "mistake."

    The letter, signed by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), first asks if the FTC has begun investigating the issue and what the Commission's understanding is of the type of data collected.

    Who had access to the data?
    Did Google collect people's passwords?
    Did the company violate the public's expectation of privacy?
    Were Google's actions illegal?

    These are all questions that the two congressmen want the FTC to answer by June 2. Of course, they're not the only ones asking the FTC to take a look into Google's gaffe?earlier this week, public interest group Consumer Watchdog also called on the agency to investigate Google's "flagrant intrusion into consumers' privacy."

    German authorities have also demanded that Google hand over the hard drives it used to store the data.

    Google's voluntary admission definitely touched a sensitive nerve with lawmakers and the public alike, and the company is now paying the price?at least in terms of increased scrutiny.

    The search giant has arguably been walking on thin ice when it comes to perceptions of how it protects its users' privacy, but in this case, it may have softened the blow (slightly) by coming out about the "mistake" before anyone else noticed.

    Update: Google's data collection mistake is now also the subject of a class action lawsuit out of Oregon. The plaintiffs alleged that "hundreds if not thousands of Google employees throughout the United States and the world have access to data maintained on Google's servers."

    EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding has also accused the company of flouting EU privacy regulations.

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...estion-ftc-on-google-wifi-data-collection.ars
     
  2. GreenGoblin

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    Now this will be intereting to follow
     
  3. jstover77

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    They should do a class action lawsuit for all the people who have Google Checkout that get screwed over for no legitimate reason. So many nightmare stories about just canceling accounts for no apparent reason, and refunding thousands of dollar back to people who have already received their products or services from the merchant.

    My corporation started an account a couple months ago. Just recently they have requested more information about our company. All the proper documents were sent over 14 days ago, yet they are still holding $7,000 of our money. And the worst part is there is no one to call about it, and all emails either don't get answered, or we just get an auto responder email.

    Google needs to start getting some kind of pressure. They have been sliding along with shady practices for way too long.
     
  4. HoNeYBiRD

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    i feel weird now but i have to sympathize with the FTC in this case
    it's time to teach this trap (Google) a lesson that they can't do anything what they want without any consequences
    at the same time i don't think there will be any serious consequences, i can imagine Google will get some laughable fine (let's say a few ten thousand dollars) what Google will happily pay with a malicious smile on its face
     
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    Yeh, Google has become way to powerful...

    They are looking into TV now, have already entered the Cell phone market (android) and telephone market (google voice), internet...

    Also, Google is an ICANN accredited registrar *WTF* which means they can do unlimited whois queries... Seems like a serious privacy violation to me.

    *sniff* *sniff* I smell monopoly.
     
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    I still think most people on here think Google is way more important than they really are. They are not omnipotent. They are just another poorly ran business. lol
     
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    Can't live with G, can't live without G.....or can you?
     
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    yes and incidentally the most valuable brand on Planet Earth in 2010, it has to mean something...if somebody can't see that Goodle wants to take more and more parts of our life (not just the internet) under control, he/she is either blind or just doesn't want to see it
     
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    this reminds me of a major case about ten years ago

    it started off with something small like this but then snowballed into mainstream media

    what was the name of that company

    it was micronetsoft or something like that
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    A simple thing like Gmail big G froze one of my gmail accts. wanting me to cell verify or plug in another alt acct so they could track me. I contacted them told them i dident have a cell or another acct also that that gmail acct. was my primary acct and told them to turn it back on i needed to get to my mail. It was unfrozen by the next day. I also looked into what they do with your emails and if you dont delete them they are archived and kept forever and forever is a long time.
     
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    Nothing will happen. Do a search for In-Q-Tel, you'll find a listing for it right on the CIA's own site. Then do a search for Google + In-Q-Tel and you'll see that Google was funded by the CIA through In-Q-Tel. Surprise!
     
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    An Oregon judge has issued a restraining order forbidding Google from destroying data the company accidentally recorded from private wifi networks with its Street View cars.

    Google had announced its intention to consult with privacy advocates and governments about the best way to dispose of the data. Residents of Oregon and Washington filed a class action suit over privacy violations, and requested a restraining order to ensure the data could be used as evidence.

    Google will also have to duplicate the data and hand over the copy to the Federal District Court in Oregon.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/oreg...straining-order-over-private-wifi-data-2010-5