The U.S. District Court of Washington D.C. moved forward a lawsuit against Google’s announced privacy policy revisions.

The court agreed to a request by the plaintiff, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), to move the court hearing date.  The lawsuit is actually filed against the FTC (Federal Trade Commission.)  EPIC argues that the new policies will violate an agreement between the FTC and Google.

The court has ordered the FTC to respond to EPIC’s complaint by February 17.  EPIC will then have until February 21st, to reply.  Google’s new privacy policies are set to go into effect on March 1st.  Google has held firm on that date, even after they were asked by at least one European country to delay the policy revisions.  They refused to move the date of enactment.

This case places additional pressure on Google to delay the implementation.  If you’re curious why Google seems to be in such a hurry, it is because the information that Google wants to track will be used to build more complete user profiles and thus sell these connections to advertisers.  Delays will ultimately cost them billions; depending of course, on how long the delay is.

EPIC says the changes are not optional for the user; Google of course says they are.  They also say they have taken additional steps to inform users of the upcoming changes.

Google met with some House Members last week and the ranking member of that meeting Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA), has sent Google a letter to which she has requested a response by February 21st.  She is most concerned by how Google will share personal information that it collects.

No matter how this case is decided, it’s a safe bet that the issue of privacy and the internet is just heating up; rather than the other way around.