Citing examples such as that of France raising concerns with Google CEO Larry Page, Hanff accuses the company of “telling regulators where to go”, adding that Google has “basically stuck two fingers up” at any interested party that has attempted to voice reservations over the changes. Lawmakers in the US have also called for Google to postpone its measures, but these calls too have fallen upon deaf ears. “Hopefully my case will open an avenue for other consumers to take similar action,” Hanff added.
While Google obviously wouldn't be drawn on the specifics of Mr Hanff's case, the company did state that “users can choose not to log in to an Android phone with a Google account, and still use it to place phone calls, send text messages, browse the web and use certain Google applications that do not require account authentication such as Google Maps”. Whether or not this defence will be sufficiently robust against the pending court action remains to be seen.