Google Faces £2.7bn Claim on behalf of 5.4 million iPhone us
Google is accused of harvesting and selling the data of millions of iPhone users from 2011 to 2012, resulting in compensation amounting to several hundreds of pounds for each person.
According to a group called ‘Google you owe us’, the tech giant is accused of unlawfully collecting personal information by bypassing the default privacy settings on the iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012.
The legal action is the latest to be based on claims that Google harvested the browsing histories of iPhone users, by using an algorithm bypassing the default privacy settings on the iPhone to block user tracking.
This meant the company was able to access data from the iPhone’s default browser, Safari, and allegedly collected data about users’ web browsing habits between June 2011 and February 2012.
The ‘Google you owe us’ group is led by consumer advocate and former executive director of consumer body Which? Richard Lloyd, who said Google’s actions represent a “major breach of trust” for iPhone users.
He said: “Through this action, we will send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we are not afraid to fight back if our laws are broken,”
“In all my years speaking up for consumers, I have rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own.”
Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive of Which? Said: “People have to put their trust in big companies like Google because they increasingly play a large role in our everyday lives. To have this good faith rewarded by Google taking advantage of people’s information without their consent is something that rightly must be challenged,”
“This ?welcome ?campaign should empower consumers by bringing the issue into the spotlight and enabling those affected to rightly seek collective compensation.”Return to internet news headlines
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