“A group of 12 people, all of whom use Apple devices, are seeking damages from the internet giant after claiming that their browsing habits were secretly tracked,” The Telegraph reports. “It is thought the case, being brought against Google by law firm Olswang on behalf of the internet users, is the first of its kind in the UK.”

“They say that cookies, small tracking files, were installed by Google on the Apple computers and mobile devices of those using the Safari internet browser without their knowledge,” The Telegraph reports. “Claimants thought that cookies would be blocked because of assurances given by Google in the time their devices were allegedly affected, from summer 2011 to spring 2012, and also because of Safari’s default settings.”

The Telegraph reports, “A campaigning group, called Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking, has been set up on Facebook and Olswang believes it could prompt others to come forward to take action. It is estimated there were 10 million users of Apple products in the UK at the relevant time. Google was fined $22.5m (£14.2m) in the US in late 2012 for using tracking cookies on Safari.”

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