However, the court has now ruled it doesn’t have jurisdiction over FTC’s enforcement decisions and that it can’t force the Commission to enforce something. The policies of FTC have to be enacted and reached upon by the Commission itself. A spokesperson for FTC stated, “We take our settlement orders very seriously, but only the FTC and not outside parties should be able to enforce them. We are pleased that the Court has rejected EPIC’s unwarranted attempt to interrupt the FTC’s careful consideration of the announced changes in Google’s privacy policies.”
As far as Google’s stance is concerned, the search engine responded to the lawsuit by saying that EPIC’s facts for this case are wrong and that the new privacy policies are for the benefit of the users. However, the court left the question of whether or not Google’s new policies violate the consent order, open. This means that we can expect a future ruling over that, and perhaps soon.
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