A federal court last week approved an accelerated briefing schedule so the EPIC suit can be heard before Google's planned rollout. The court gave the FTC until Feb. 17 to respond to EPIC's claims, ZDNet reports.
Google will not share a user's data with any non-Google websites, the company insists. The Google-FTC privacy settlement prohibits Google from doing that without permission.
But EPIC fears Google's plans will allow the company to share personal information with advertisers. The consolidation of user data across Google services also "is a clear misappropriation of customer information," EPIC's lawsuit claims.
Further, there's no way for Google users to opt out, EPIC's director complained to the Times. "This has to be the user's choice, not Google's choice," he said.
The FTC can fine Google as much as $16,000 a day for violating the settlement's terms, Bloomberg reports. EPIC's FTC Google privacy lawsuit seeks a restraining order and an injunction, and will be heard in federal court in Washington, D.C.
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