Google has defeated a privacy lawsuit brought by Chrome users who alleged the company wrongly harvested a trove of data about them -- including their IP addresses, and information about their web browsing activity.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the Northern District of California accepted Google's argument that the users consented to the data collection.
“Based on the record, the court concludes, as a matter of law that Google adequately disclosed, and plaintiffs consented to, the collection of the at-issue data,” Rogers wrote in a decision awarding Google summary judgment.
They argued that Google violated that provision by collecting data even when they hadn't synched their accounts.
But Google countered that its various privacy policies, taken together, informed Chrome users about data collection.
Earlier in the proceedings, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Lucy Koh rejected Google's argument regarding consent, writing: “Google’s representations might have led a reasonable user to believe that Google did not collect his or her personal information when the user was not synced.”
But Rogers said that earlier decision came before Google presented all of its evidence.
“Judge Koh’s ruling did not consider all the disclosures that Google proffers on summary judgment,” Rogers wrote.