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Google Loses Appeal for UK Privacy Court Case

By piranha

31st March 2015

Despite Google’s efforts, UK consumers have been granted the right to take the search engine to court over privacy violations which occurred between 2011 and 2012.

Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking claim that during this time, Google bypassed the security settings on Apple’s Safari browser in order to track users. By doing this, they were able to gather information about the people using the site and then target them with personal advertisements.

This group decided that they wanted to take the multi-billionaire company to court as they were doing this without the user’s knowledge or consent.

Because Google is an American company, the Safari group needed to get approval from court, before giving the case the go ahead in the UK.

Over the past couple of months, Google have been trying to appeal against this notion, saying that nobody has actually lost money as a result of their actions.

The High Court dismissed Google’s claims earlier today. Any claims against the search engine’s privacy settings during the 2011/2012 period can now be taken to court.

The judges who were overseeing the case have said , “these claims raise serious issues which merit a trial. They concern what is alleged to have been the secret and blanket tracking and collation of information, often of an extremely private nature… about and associated with the claimants’ internet use, and the subsequent use of that information for about nine months. The case relates to the anxiety and distress this intrusion upon autonomy has caused.”

Google has already paid out $40 million over the same incident in the U.S. Apparently not even one of the biggest companies in the world can get away with avoiding privacy laws. They will need to be careful with how they approach these settings in the future, if they want to avoid even more court cases being taken out against them!

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