Judge Dumps EPIC's Ridiculous Lawsuit Trying To Force FTC To Stop Google's Privacy Policy Changes

from the not-how-it-works dept

As was pretty much expected after the FTC pointed out to privacy zealots EPIC that it had no standing to sue the FTC to force it to stop Google from changing its privacy policy, a federal court has dismissed EPIC's silly lawsuit. Without delving into the specifics of the privacy policy change, the court basically says that it has no power to compel the FTC to do an investigation. EPIC plans to appeal.

I'm really at a loss over EPIC's strategy here. No matter what you think of Google's privacy policy change (and I'm not a fan, though I think it's been blown out of proportion by some, including EPIC), pissing off the FTC (who has said it may still do its own investigation) seems like a pretty silly move, unlikely to do any good whatsoever.
In this case, plaintiff cannot point to any indication that Congress intended courts to monitor the FTC’s enforcement of its own consent decrees; the statute is devoid of any “law to apply” or “guidelines” that would signal that judicial review may be undertaken or that set out the governing standards.
Why not just let the FTC do what it thinks is appropriate. And, if you don't like Google's privacy policies... um... maybe don't use it?
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 9:06pm

    Google Hate

    This is another case of Google hate, instigated by the usual suspects (Google competitors) for the usual reasons (dislike of having to compete with Google). Isn't it about time that the haters were hit with some sanctions for being vexatious litigants?

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