Browser cookie lawsuit filed against Google dismissed


A proposed class action lawsuit against Google has just been dropped in a 60-page decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, Reuters reported on Tuesday, November 10.

Four computer users have recently filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging that the search engine company cheated their Internet Explorer and Safari browsers in order to place cookies and track their browsing preferences, resulting in breach of federal anti-fraud and wiretap regulations. Cookies are text files stored in a browser to store browsing preferences and remember certain user information. They can also be used to help advertisers target potential customers and place personalized ads.

On Tuesday, however, a three-judge panel ruled to drop claims against Google, saying that the plaintiffs failed to identify any damages incurred from Google’s use of cookies. Both Google and the lawyer for the plaintiffs are yet to comment on the court decision.

In recent years, Google has been involved in many lawsuits, some of them high profile. In 2014, for instance, Google was among the defendants in a class action lawsuit, along with other Silicon Valley companies, for their no-poaching hiring scheme. In 2013, the search engine giant agreed to pay a total amount of $39.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to inform Safari users about its use of cookies for targeted advertising, although it did not claim any fault.

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