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Google is sued by dozens of customers after 'snooping on 10million iPads and mobiles'

Google is being sued by dozens of customers in Britain who claim it secretly monitored their computers and phones.

More than 100 Apple product users are seeking compensation in a lawsuit over claims the internet giant tampered with security software in order to access their personal information.

Some claimants said they felt as if they were being ‘stalked’ after they were bombarded by phone calls and emails advertising clothes, magazines and bank loans connected to the websites they had visited on their iPhones, iPads and laptops.

Campaigners say up to ten million people may have fallen victim – and believe the lawsuit against the search engine could become one of the biggest in British legal history.

One claimant, Marc Bradshaw, said he checked instructions on Google’s website to stop it collecting data from his iPhone... Go to Mail Online to read the entire article


Google sued in UK over Safari tracking

LONDON (AP) — A British law firm says that about a dozen Apple customers are suing Internet search leader Google in the U.K. over its alleged secret tracking of their Internet browsing habits.

London-based law firm Olswang said that 12 Apple users were taking the Internet search leader to court over small pieces of tracking code — known as cookies — surreptitiously installed on computers and smartphones... Go to USA Today to read the entire article


Google faces UK class action over secret iPhone tracking

Google is embroiled in its biggest privacy battle yet in the UK over reportedly tracking users’ online habits. At least 10 UK citizens began legal action with dozens more lining up. According to media estimates up to 10 million Britons could join in.

Google is accused of evading security settings on Apple’s devices and Safari’s web browser in order to keep tabs on people’s online preferences.

This is the first group claim over privacy issues that the tech-giant is facing in the UK, the lawyer behind the action Dan Tench told The Guardian.

"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," Tench said... Go to RT to read the entire article


Consumers Launch Landmark Legal Case Against Google Snooping

A group of internet users has launched a landmark privacy case against Google for undermining the security settings on Apple's Safari browser to track online usage covertly.

In the first case of its kind in the UK, a number of people with concerns about Google's behaviour have decided to take action and are forming a campaigning group called Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking.

They have instructed the law firm, Olswang, to coordinate the claims and are marking Data Privacy Day tomorrow (Jan 28) by launching a Facebook page to provide information to the many other people who might also have been affected.

The claims centre around tracking cookies, which had been secretly installed by Google on the computers and mobile devices of people using Apple's Safari internet browser... Go to Reuters to read the entire article


Google, privacy and a new kind of lawsuit

Today is Data Privacy Day – and new lawsuit has been launched against Google in the UK – one which highlights a number of key issues. It could be very important – a ‘landmark case’ according to a report on Reuters. The most notable thing about the case, for me, is that it is consumer-led: UK consumers are no longer relying on the authorities, and the Information Commissioner’s Office in particular, to safeguard their privacy. They’re taking it into their own hands.

The case concerns the way that Google exploited a bug in Apple’s Safari browser to enable it to bypass customers’ privacy settings. As reported on Reuters:

“Through its DoubleClick adverts, Google designed a code to circumvent privacy settings in order to deposit the cookies on computers in order to provide user-targeted advertising. The claimants thought that cookies were being blocked on their devices because of Safari’s strict default privacy settings and separate assurances being given by Google at the time. This was not the case.”... Go to Paul Bernal's blog to read the entire article


Google faces UK legal action over secret Safari tracking claims

Web giant Google could be subject to the UK’s largest ever group legal challenge, following claims the firm has been snooping on Apple users’ web browsing habits.

The company has been accused of circumnavigating Apple’s security controls to monitor the online habits of Apple users, who access the web using the Safari browser.

The practice was reportedly uncovered in the US by an academic researcher, and resulted in Google being fined $22.5 million by the US Federal Trade Commission in November 2012.

In a statement to IT Pro, law firm Olswang said it has been enlisted by a group of UK Apple users to launch legal proceedings against the firm for infringing on their privacy in the same way... Go to IT Pro to read the entire article


Google faces UK legal action over Apple privacy concerns

Google could face a bill of millions if British legal action over iPhone, iPad and Mac privacy concerns is successful.

The claims, co-ordinated by London-based law firm Olswang, centre around the way Google circumvented privacy settings on devices using Apple's Safari internet browser between September 2011 and February 2012 by installing cookies to allow user-targeted advertising through its DoubleClick ad network.

According to Olswang, "The claimants thought that cookies were being blocked on their devices because of Safari's strict default privacy settings and separate assurances being given by Google at the time. This was not the case."... Go to Wired UK to read the entire article


Google facing legal battle in the UK over Safari cookies

Today is Data Protection Day in Europe (Data Privacy Day in the US/Canada). It also marks the launch of a new Facebook page, ‘Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking.’

“This group,” says the Facebook page, “has been set up to provide information for anyone who used the Safari internet browser between September 2011 and February 2012, and who was illegally tracked by Google.” It follows news that London law firm Olswang is co-ordinating action against the search giant. Privacy campaigner Judith Vidal-Hall is one of two users leading the campaign, and on whose behalf a ‘letter before action’ has already been sent to Google. The Guardian reports, “Another 10 are preparing to launch proceedings, and plans are afoot for a group to form an umbrella privacy action.” It is thought that as many as 10 million Brits could have been affected... Go to InfoSecurity to read the entire article


Google sued for snooping on millions of Apple users

GOOGLE is facing a damaging new privacy battle after being sued for snooping on millions of British internet users.

Apple customers in Britain have begun to seek compensation after the search giant bypassed security settings on their iPhones and Mac computers, allowing it to track their browsing habits.

The legal bill could run into tens of millions of pounds because an estimated 10m Britons own an iPhone and could have suffered an invasion of privacy, experts said.

The action, which has been launched by Olswang, the law firm, will inflame the controversy over how Google handles the reams of personal data it has amassed... Go to Sunday Times to read the entire article


Google faces legal action over alleged secret iPhone tracking

Google is facing a fresh privacy battle in the UK over its alleged secret tracking of the internet habits of millions of iPhone users.

An estimated 10 million Britons could have grounds to launch a privacy claim over the way Google circumvented Apple's security settings on the iPhone, iPad and desktop versions of its Safari web browser to monitor their behaviour.

At least 10 British iPhone users have started legal proceedings and dozens more are being lined up, according to Dan Tench, the lawyer behind the action at the London-based firm Olswang.

"This is the first time Google has been threatened with a group claim over privacy in the UK," he said. "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."... Go to The Guardian to read the entire article


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