Google fails to dismiss privacy lawsuit over Google Wallet

In a decision on Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California said Google must face claims it breached users’ contracts; breached an obligation to deal with users fairly and in good faith; and violated a California consumer protection law. She dismissed two other claims.

Freeman said Google Wallet users may try to show that Google “frustrated” the purpose of its own privacy policy by allowing “blanket, universal disclosure” of their personal information to app developers whenever they bought apps in Google’s Play Store.

The lead plaintiff is Alice Svenson, an Illinois resident who said Google sent unnecessary personal information about her to YCDroid when she paid that developer $1.77 for an email app.

She said Google raised the risk of identity theft by routinely sending information aboutGoogle Wallet users such as addresses and zip codes, phone numbers and email addresses to app developers.

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