US top court undermines Google settlement in internet privacy case

US top court undermines Google settlement in internet privacy case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cast doubt on a US$8.5 million settlement Google had agreed to pay to end an internet privacy dispute, directing a lower court to review whether plaintiffs who accused the search engine operator of wrongdoing in a class action lawsuit were legally eligible to sue.

FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London
FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cast doubt on a US$8.5 million settlement Google had agreed to pay to end an internet privacy dispute, directing a lower court to review whether plaintiffs who accused the search engine operator of wrongdoing in a class action lawsuit were legally eligible to sue.

The justices threw out the lower court's ruling that had upheld the settlement and directed it to take a fresh look at whether the plaintiffs had actually been harmed by Google and had the necessary legal standing. The plaintiffs had argued that Google violated federal privacy law by allowing other websites to see users' search queries.

Google is part of Alphabet Inc.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)

Source: Reuters

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