23 May Google Sued in the UK for “Clandestine Tracking” of iPhone User Data
Google is reportedly being collectively sued in the UK for secretly tracking and collecting the personal data of around 4.4 million iPhone users. According to the campaign group Google You Owe Us, the US tech giant had harvested information such as race, physical and mental health, political leanings, sexuality, social class, financial, shopping habits and location data by bypassing the privacy settings of the Safari browser between August 2011 and February 2012.
According to the group’s representation, users were then lumped into groups for ad targeting. They also pointed out that Google had already settled in the US for $39.5 m for the same practice, and said that they are seeking to make Google pay £3.2bn, which means every claimant may receive around £750.
Source: The Guardian