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Safari Users In The U.K Suing Google Over Illegal Tracking

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Looks like Google’s troubles over illegal tracking of browsing habits of Safari users is not over yet. After facing charges in the United States, this time the charges have been levied by a group of at least 10 iPhone users in the United Kingdom, reports The Guardian.

The charges revolve around the revelations about Google having circumvented the security settings of Apple’s Safari browser and using cookies to track the internet habits of users, effecting an estimated 10 million British residents, thus giving them the right to sue Google, says The Guardian.

“This is the first time Google has been threatened with a group claim over privacy in the UK,” said Dan Tench, a lawyer representing the people who have pressed the latest charges. “It is particularly concerning how Google circumvented security settings to snoop on its users. One of the things about Google is that it is so ubiquitous in our lives and if that’s its approach then it’s quite concerning,” he added.

Google executives in both the United States and the United Kingdom have been sent letters before action and efforts are on to get more people to join the case and form an “umbrella privacy action.”

While, in the United States Google was slapped with a fine of $22.5 million in November last year and a similar verdict could be announced in the UK if proven guilty of privacy breach, the group maintains that it is not about suing Google to extract money out of them, but rather about sending corporations a clear message that they cannot get away lightly with breaching people’s privacy.

Google is facing charges of “breach of confidence and breach of privacy, computer misuse and trespass, and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.” The Guardian reports that the lawyers of the claimants seek from Google information regarding how much data was secretly collected, for how long and how the personal information was used.

 

Source: The Guardian

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