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Kirk Nahra Comments on Legal Challenge to Google Privacy Policy

Bloomberg BNA
February 13, 2012

Privacy Practice chair Kirk Nahra was interviewed by Bloomberg BNA for a story on the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) asking a federal court to compel the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce a 2011 privacy consent order with Google Inc. in response to the company's plans to change its user privacy policy.

Bloomberg BNA reported that in October 2011, the FTC approved an administrative consent agreement Google for its alleged privacy violations involving Google's Buzz social network. Google's new privacy policy has some wondering whether Google is compiling with restrictions from the Buzz consent order.

But Mr. Nahra noted that the issues stemming from Google's new policy "don't seem to have the same impact on consumers as the ill-fated Buzz initiative that led to the consent order." Mr. Nahra added that the EIPC is "essentially seeking to force the FTC to move almost immediately and without its own independent assessment" and that the lawsuit "will really up the ante on pressuring enforcement and regulatory agencies to act swiftly and aggressively."