Supreme Court to hear Google privacy settlement case

News by Teri Robinson

A settlement with Google set to award US$ 8.5 million (£6.2 million) to privacy rights groups, universities and other organisations - instead of victims of privacy violations by the company - will go before the US Supreme Court.

A settlement reached with Google set to award US$ 8.5 million (£6.2 million) money to privacy rights groups, universities and other organisations – instead of victims of privacy violations by the company – will go before the US Supreme Court.

The appeal by conservative think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute stems from a 2013 case in which Google was found to have violated users' privacy rights by sharing their search queries with other websites. The US$ 8.5 million (£6.2 million) settlement was earmarked for third parties – an arrangement that is growing more common, according to a Reuters report.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals approved the terms, saying that monies distributed to Google's 129 million users under a more traditional settlement would amount to “a paltry 4 cents in recovery.”

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