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Jake Stroup

Google Privacy Suit - Dismissed

By January 30, 2013

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The long and the short of it is that the class action lawsuit against Google over their privacy policy is more than likely over. The judge gave the plaintiffs until the 31st of January to amend and resubmit their complaint.

I don't have a hard time admitting that the lawsuit seemed pretty frivolous to me. (Fortunately, since I'm not a lawyer I can get away with saying that - it's just commentary.) The whole thing seemed to me to stem around the fact that Google wanted to consolidate their databases, which probably saved loads of storage (and therefore improved their service) and update their privacy policy that seemed to reflect their business practices a bit more efficiently.

Unfortunately, this streamlining brought about a class-action lawsuit. Judge Grewal found that there was insufficient evidence of anything to move forward with the case, pointing to a recent decision in a suit against Apple. And although the legality seems solid enough, the position doesn't do much to help consumers who are victims of data breaches.

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February 16, 2013 at 10:50 am
(1) Workers Injury Attorney Reseda says:

With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into
any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any methods to help stop content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.

March 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm
(2) Jake Stroup says:

You would be surprised, actually. I’ve had insurance brokers and wholesalers grab things I’ve written and put them on their website, giving their name in the by-line. Yeah, it really frosts my cookies when they do that. The way I handle it is to make a polite request (I like to give people the chance to do the right thing you know,) that they either credit me for writing the article, and put a link from the article back to my website. If they don’t do that within 14 days of me asking nicely, I call my law firm and have them send something more direct to the agency. That has always taken care of the problem – not even insurance people like to get tangled up with lawyers if they can avoid it.

The funniest part is that the program they are trying to market is the same one I market to insurance professionals *I* work with. I just shake my head. You would think they know better.

About.com lets me go after these folks myself, which is only right since I own the content, and it is posted on the About.com site under license. If you are under a similar agreement, you know what I mean. So I guess the short-version would be to build a great relationship with an attorney who doesn’t mind handling something like that for you.

Or you could always email me and I’ll tell you about the program I am enrolled in. It’s worked great for me for years now.

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