February 9th, 2012

Watchdog sues FTC over new Google privacy policy

By Jessica Guynn
Los Angeles Times

A consumer watchdog has escalated its efforts to block Google from rolling out a controversial new privacy policy that would allow the Internet search giant to harvest more information about its users.

But the Electronic Privacy Information Center is not suing Google. Instead, it filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Federal Trade Commission, the agency charged with protecting consumers’ privacy on the Web.

In an unusual end run around the FTC, the watchdog group is asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to compel federal regulators to enforce a settlement they reached with Google last year and protect consumers who will be “left without recourse if the commission fails to enforce its order.”

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-google-privacy-20120209,0,3490663.story

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