This week, a federal judge ruled that the consumers could proceed with a lawsuit -- but not based on their original claims. Instead, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, Calif. said that users could continue with allegations that Google wrongly transfers users' names and contact information to app developers.
Grewal also ruled that the consumers alleged they were harmed based on a “loss of battery power and other system resources.”
The judge dismissed other allegations -- including the original claims that Google violated users' privacy by combining data across a variety of platforms, including YouTube and Android.
But his decision leaves enough of the case alive that the consumers are now in a position to either reach a settlement or proceed with the litigation. “Like Rocky rising from Apollo’s uppercut in the 14th round, Plaintiffs’ complaint has sustained much damage but just manages to stand,” Grewal said.