There was an attempt to tackle Google over data tracking on iPhone, but it has been blocked by the UK High Court
Google evaded a sue for allegedly unlawfully taking data from 4.4 million UK iPhone users.
The legal case was conducted by a group called Google You Owe Us, led by former Which director Richard Lloyd.
The sue was intended, to get compensation for people whose iPhones were tracked by Google between 2011 and 2012.
The campaign was labeled as the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.
The whole legal operation was blocked in the first place because the claims that people suffered damage were not supported by the facts advanced by the campaign group.
Another reason for blocking it was the impossibility of reliably calculating the number of iPhone users affected by the alleged privacy breach.
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After hearing the decision Mr. Richard Lloyd stated: “Today’s judgment is extremely disappointing and effectively leaves millions of people without any practical way to seek redress and compensation when their personal data has been misused.”
He also declared that he will not stop here; looking forward, he will seek permission to appeal against the verdict on behalf of the 20,000 people who signed up to the campaign.
Looking from Google side the things look like this, according to their spokesman: “The privacy and security of our users are extremely important to us. This claim is without merit, and we’re pleased the court has dismissed it.”
The whole case was based on how Google used cookies – small computer text files that log information as people browse the web and use online services.
Google You Owe Us said that the cookies were used by Google to track people and get around settings on Apple’s Safari browser that blocked such monitoring. The group is asking in court for £1bn ($1.3bn) in compensation for the affected users.
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