Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Wins Legal Battle About Its Privacy Policy


Dallas, Texas 12/04/2013 (Financialstrend) – In what is being considered as a big vote of confidence on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) current policy on privacy of user identity, a U.S law court dismissed a legal suit brought forth by proponents who claimed that the search engine majors policy of “co-mingling user data across different product platforms”. This court ruling was pronounced by U.S. Judge Paul Grewal in his San Jose court house yesterday.

In his order, the judge indicated that he agrees with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) that the filers of the law suit had failed to showcase the damage or injury they were experiencing which in turn can be directly attributed to the $351 billion market capped Internet company policy of using user credentials. The judge also allowed the plaintiffs to bring up a new case if they felt Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) was wrong in sharing user data with third party application developers and was making money by selling it to advertisers.

Judge Paul Grewal in his detailed judgement has explained his judgement by commenting that, “A plaintiff must do more than point to the dollars in a defendant’s pocket. For the suit to proceed, the plaintiffs must also demonstrate how Google’s use of the information deprived the plaintiff of the information’s economic value. The plaintiffs argue that Mountain View, California-based Google made money using information about them for which they were provided no compensation beyond free access to Google’s services. An allegation that Google profited is not enough to maintain this suit.”

Readers should note that the law suit has its origin to the change in privacy policy that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced for its products world wide in March 2012. Before that data various applications developed by the search engine major like gmail, gtalk, google docs and google drives all came with their stand alone privacy policies.  As per the new policy all those old privacy policies will be exchanged for one single global privacy policy which would cover all Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) products.