UK Apple Safari users sue Google for secretly tracking Web browsing

“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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11 Comments

  1. There should be a class action suit in the US, seeking repayment of the $Billions Google made by selling Mac users stolen personal information. Google made $Billions, gets fined $22.5 million, and I have not seen a dime of the $Hundreds per year Google made selling my personal info to advertisers after I intentionally made the effort to block cookies.

    1. Yes if anyone is paid for our personal information it should be us the end user, not Google. That’s like finding money on the beach for them, just laying there. This kind of evil activity does not bode well for the sassy “How’s your thermonuclear war going now? Larry Page and the company mole Eric Schmidt. It very well could be all down hill from here on out for them.

  2. These people are concerned about security, privacy and tracking but are putting up a FaceBook page?

    Doesn’t that strike you as kind of stooopid (not just stupid)?

    1. It is a sad but necessary inconvenience. Facebook makes it easy to join and provides a first filter against bogus signups.

      Facebook might have it’s privacy worries inside it’s platform but hasn’t been found overriding EVERYONE’s – non-users included – privacy, unlike Google.

      Would be stupid if it was a Google+ group not only for tracking but because they’d just get Google employees.

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