November 14, 2009 | By Cindy Cohn

Google Book Search Settlement Revised: No Reader Privacy Added

Late Friday night the parties to the Google Book Search class action submitted a revised settlement agreement to the federal court in New York that is hearing the case.

Unfortunately, the parties did not add any reader privacy protections. The only nominal change was that they formally confirmed a position they had long taken privately that information will not be freely shared between Google and the Registry. Our partners at the ACLU of Northern California have a blog post describing the changes we, and the authors we represent, have demanded and continuing the call for readers everywhere to let Google CEO Eric Schmidt know that reader privacy should not be left behind as books move into the digital age.

The parties also asked for truncated notice and a rushed schedule with objections and opt-outs due on January 28, 2010 and a final fairness hearing on February 18, 2010. We'll be posting more about the revised settlement and the procedures going forward.


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

What do you call it when companies make back-room deals to control Internet content? We call it Shadow Regulation. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Sep 29 @ 3:14pm

Sen. @RonWyden sent this letter to @ODNIgov about unused transparency bonuses, following EFF's report https://www.eff.org/document/...

Sep 29 @ 2:26pm

Much interest at the WTO in new global trade rules for the Internet… but also acceptance that users must be involved https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Sep 29 @ 12:33pm
JavaScript license information