Google Sued Over Illegally Harvesting Personal Data from iPhones
Consumer group “Google You Owe Us” has started a class action against search giant Google, claiming the company illegally harvested personal information from more than five million iPhone users to target them with more relevant ads.
The alleged misuse of privacy settings took place as part of saga known as “Safari Workaround,” with Google accused of turning to a method to bypass Safari browser settings to enable tracking cookies in order to target iPhone users with advertising.
The group estimates that approximately 5.4 million consumers could be owned at least several hundreds of pounds each in compensation, and it’s being estimated that Google would, in the end, have to agree to a bill of around 2.7 billion pounds ($3.3 billion).
Richard Lloyd, former Which? executive director and Government adviser, as well as one of the people leading the anti-Google class action, says Google violated Section 4 of the Dat… (read more)