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DoubleClick privacy settlement opposed

Two privacy groups filed a complaint in a New York District Court this week about the proposed settlement to resolve a lawsuit against Net marketing company DoubleClick, which was charged with violating state and federal laws by surreptitiously tracking and collecting consumers' personally identifiable data and combining it with information on their Web surfing habits. In March, a federal court granted DoubleClick preliminary approval to settle all related state and federal class-action lawsuits. As part of the settlement, DoubleClick agreed to give consumers clear notice and choice of any data-collection practices within its privacy policy, among other provisions. In their complaint, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Junkbusters said the settlement does not require DoubleClick to make significant changes to its practices that provide any "meaningful privacy protection" for consumers.

Two privacy groups filed a complaint in a New York District Court this week about the proposed settlement to resolve a lawsuit against Net marketing company DoubleClick, which was charged with violating state and federal laws by surreptitiously tracking and collecting consumers' personally identifiable data and combining it with information on their Web surfing habits. In March, a federal court granted DoubleClick preliminary approval to settle all related state and federal class-action lawsuits. As part of the settlement, DoubleClick agreed to give consumers clear notice and choice of any data-collection practices within its privacy policy, among other provisions.

In their complaint, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Junkbusters said the settlement does not require DoubleClick to make significant changes to its practices that provide any "meaningful privacy protection" for consumers.