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Google, Viacom Win Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Privacy of Kids

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Google Inc. and Viacom Inc. won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming they violated the privacy of children under 13 even as President Barack Obama is pushing for a law that would protect grade-schoolers’ data.

Consumers claimed Viacom compiled unique electronic identifying information about children who used its nick.com website, sending that data to Google. Viacom also put text files known as cookies on computers to gather data it shared with Google, and both companies targeted children for advertising, according to a complaint in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.