GovLaunch: Court dismisses an EPIC case against FTC regarding Google

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    Corey McCarren
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    Nextgov reported Friday that a federal judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a case against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The case charged the FTC with not enforcing a consent agreement between the FTC and advertising giant Google, as well as charging that Google should be blocked from consolidating data.

    However, the Court ruled that it was not their duty to enforce the agreement. Judge Amy Jackson concluded that the decision to enforce the Consent Order is committed to agency discretion and is not subject to judicial review”.

    EPIC is set to appeal the ruling.

    Can a government agency be sued for not enforcing its own agreements and regulations?

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    Henry Brown
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    the “complete” event history from EPIC’s perspective… http://epic.org/privacy/ftc/google/consent-order.html

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    Henry Brown
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    Would offer that your question “Can a government agency be sued for not enforcing its own agreements and regulations?” probably will need to be addressed in a much higher court…

    If the question is slightly changed to can an agency be sued for not performing it’s duties IMO the question would be yes but…

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    Corey McCarren
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    Thanks for the input, Henry. I like the way you worded the question, and I agree with what you said. I’m not too well-versed on the court system, but I assume if they appeal it would go to a higher court at some point, right?

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