In a stark turn of events for the Mountain View Search giant, Google lawyers have failed to get a lawsuit dismissed regarding an alleged invasion of privacy for Google Wallet users. Google Wallet is Google’s payment platform that allows users to pay for products in partnered stores as well as make online payments while keeping payment information secure. Beth Labson Freeman, a U.S. District Judge, released a statement Wednesday night that Google would face claims in court for breaching contractual user agreements. In total Google will face potential violations of the Federal Stored Communications Act and California consumer protection laws. The Federal Stored Communications Act is in place to limit the disclosure of electronic records by companies holding user data.
The case titled Svenson et al v. Google Inc et al, in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 13-04080 could prove interesting to readers as it is a class-action lawsuit. That’s right, Svenson isn’t only seeking damages for herself, she is seeking a cool sum of $1,000 per violation regarding the disclosure of users’ personal information. While $1,000 is not a large sum at first glance, with class-action status the damages could quickly become a sizable loss for the Search giant. While any potential deal will go through several more rounds of hearings and compromises or even a future dismissal, the fact that the case has gotten this far shows the plaintiff may have grounds for her claims.