In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litig., No. 10-CV-02184 (N.D. Cal. June 29, 2011) In a June 29, 2011 decision addressing an issue of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California considered "whether the [federal] Wiretap Act imposes liability upon a defendant who allegedly intentionally intercepts data packets from a wireless home network." In re Google at 7-8. The court concluded that the Act imposes such liability, and granted in part Google, Inc.'s motion to dismiss the claims brought in a class action associated with Google's Street View service. However, in a July 18, 2011 Order, the court found that in light of the novelty of the issues, different judges could reasonably differ as to the definition of "radio communications." The court thus certified the order for immediate interlocutory appeal to determine if its interpretation was correct.
Google's Street View Service
Violation of the Federal Wiretap Act
July 18, 2011 Order Certifying Order for Immediate Interlocutory Appeal
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