Court Grants Consumer Watchdog Right to Battle Google-FTC $22m Privacy Deal

By Wednesday, August 29, 2012 0 , , Permalink 0

Earlier this month FTC (Federal Trade Commission) ended its probe on Google for tracking users of Safari browser and slapped a $22 million fine. But, John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project director, believes that this is not the way to go and that the search engine giant’s executives should be held responsible. The non-profit organization is seeking an amicus status [PDF] to oppose the settlement.

Simpson said, “Allowing this settlement undercuts the entire regulatory process. Companies and their executives must be held accountable when they violate legal agreements.”

The US District court has granted [PDF] the Consumer Watchdog until 21 September to express its views on the deal between FTC and Google and to submit a friend-of-the-court brief. Judge Susan Illston has also said that FTC and Google have until 28 September by which they should respond to the Watchdog’s queries.