October 6, 2009 | By Cindy Cohn

Google Should Use Extra Time to Add Privacy Into Google Book Search

Today EFF along with the ACLU and the privacy authors and publishers they represent, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries, CDT, EPIC, SFLC, Professor James Grimmelman sent a joint letter to Google urging it to include privacy protections along with its reconsidered Google Book Search Settlement.

The Court considering the Google Book Search case granted the parties more time to renegotiate the settlement. The Court had received approximately 435 submissions about the settlement by both class members and amici. The American Library Association did a helpful analysis that estimates that 390 of the submissions object to the settlement and another 8 submissions support the settlement but with significant reservations. Shortly thereafter, the Department of Justice weighed in with serious reservations as well, leading the plaintiffs to seek the extension. The Court will still meet with the parties for a status conference on October 7.

The joint letter asks Google to take this time to implement the privacy suggestions made by EFF and others, noting author Jonathan Lethem's statement: "now is the moment to make sure that Google Book Search is as private as the world of physical books. If future readers know that they are leaving a digital trail for others to follow, they may shy away from important but eccentric intellectual journeys."


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

Captured U.S. trade agency resorts to bullying again in 2016 Special 301 Report: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Apr 29 @ 2:55pm

Disappointing ruling means patent trolls will continue to flock to the Eastern District of Texas https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Apr 29 @ 2:31pm

Tell Brazilian lawmakers: copyright law should benefit all, not just Hollywood. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks... #CPICIBER

Apr 29 @ 11:13am
JavaScript license information