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Google Sued By Own Customers Over New Privacy Policy

As soon as Google announced it was changing its privacy policy many warned the company’s customers and users will not be too happy with it. The madness has already begun, with three customers suing Google over the new privacy policy, which they ruled out to be deceptive.

This Wednesday, Google received the official announcement some of its customers have initiated a joint legal action against it and its new privacy policy. The customers say that Google’s decision to merge together over 60 privacy policies into one is a way to deceive them.

David Nisenbaum, Pedro Marti and Allison C. Weiss have filed the complaint against Google with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in California, Robert B. DeMars and Lorena Barrios filed a similar complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Privacy Information Center also complained about Google’s new policy, and so did the National Association of Attorneys General.

Their aim is for their legal action to have class – action status, as the three explain they have made the complaint on behalf of all Google and Android users that became clients during the period August 19, 2004 to February 29, 2012 and remained active users even after Google’s new privacy policy became active ( March 1st).

The complaint against Google filled with the California U.S. District Court reads that “consumers must manage their privacy settings for each Google product they use; a universal opt-out function is not available”. The truth is that the matter has been pin pointed ahead of the new privacy policy becoming active, but Google avoided any comments on the matter.

The allegations against Google read that the company’s new privacy policy is actually infringing earlier specifications. The company is accused of violating the Federal Wiretap Act which pertains to companies that record personal communication and data of its users for the purpose of financial perks.

Furthermore, customers have pointed out that Google has also violated the Stored Electronic Communications Act by giving itself more access to users’ communications and data the company was storing on its own systems. There’s also a charge for the violation of the Computer Fraud Abuse Act.

So far, Google hasn’t made any comments saying they “have not yet been served with” the papers.

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