EPIC argues consolidated policy violates a consent order Google signed with the FTC last year.
EPIC alleges that the changes to Google's privacy policies, which will allow Google to combine user data across all of its properties "without user consent," violates a consent order Google signed with the FTC last year related to Google Buzz.
"Google's recent announcement that the company intends to consolidate users’ personal information without individuals' consent violates the consent order and threatens to harm consumers," according to the complaint. "The FTC is required to enforce the consent order. But the Commission has failed to due [sic] so."
A Google spokesperson told Bloomberg this isn't true: "We are not collecting any new information or sharing it with third parties."
Google has not yet commented on the lawsuit.
This article was originally published on searchenginewatch.com.
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