Federal Court Denies Google Request To Dismiss Privacy Lawsuit
Google’s request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the company of violating federal wiretap laws was denied, Reuters reported. Google mistakenly intercepted emails, user names, passwords and user data from Wi-Fi networks between 2008 and 2010 while they were creating the Street View application.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused Google’s bid to be exempt from the Wiretap Act, which regulates the collection of content on wire and electronic communications.
Earlier this year, Google settled another Street View privacy case brought by 38 states, and had to pay $7 million in fines and agree to implement internal and external programs to train employees and users on how to maintain privacy.