EPIC is asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction requiring the Federal Trade Commission to enforce its October 2011 consent order with Google over Google Buzz social network.
"The FTC has a nondiscretionary obligation to enforce a final order. But the agency has thus far failed to take any action regarding this matter, placing the privacy interests of literally hundreds of millions Internet users at grave risk," EPIC said in its court filing. EPIC filed the original complaint with the FTC that led to the settlement.
"Google violated Part I(a) of the Consent Order by misrepresenting the extent to which it maintains and protects the privacy and confidentiality of covered information. Google also violated Part I(b) of the Consent Order by misrepresenting the extent to which it complies with the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Framework. Google violated Part II of the Consent Order by failing to obtain affirmative consent from users prior to sharing their information with third parties. Google violated Part III of the Consent Order by failing to comply with the requirements of a comprehensive privacy program," EPIC said in its filing.
"The FTC takes compliance with our consent orders very seriously and always looks carefully at any evidence that they are being violated," the agency said in a statement.