Nearly 900 students have joined a lawsuit claiming their data was harvested without their consent


Legal action against Google by four UC Berkeley students has ballooned into two lawsuits by 890 U.S. college students and alumni alleging the firm harvested their data for commercial gain without their consent.

But the students' claims may be derailed by a dispute over whether they should file their cases individually, rather than as a group.

Hundreds of U.S. college students and alumni in 21 states joined the original lawsuit filed in January by the four Berkeley students. On April 29, another 180 filed a separate lawsuit making...

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