UK Supreme Court allows Google to appeal ruling granting Apple Safari users the right to sue over ad tracking

“The UK’s Supreme Court has granted Google permission to appeal against a ruling giving Apple Safari users the right to sue the Chocolate Factory over its adbot tracking,” Kat Hall reports for The Register.

“Google had been accused of unfairly circumventing users’ privacy settings in Safari, allowing it to follow Safari users around the internet and show them tailored advertising,” Hall reports. “The Court of Appeal heard in May that Google had collected private information about users’ internet usage via the Apple Safari browser, without the users’ knowledge or consent by means of cookies. This was also contrary to Google’s stated position that such activity could not be conducted for Safari users unless they had expressly allowed it to happen.”

The court ruled that Apple users who picked up the stealth cookies between summer 2011 and spring 2012 should be allowed to sue the company in the UK,” Hall reports. “[UK’s Supreme Court] ordered that permission to appeal be granted on all grounds.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The saga continues.

Apple slams Google in Safari 7.1 release notes: ‘Adds DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track users’ – September 18, 2014
Google to pay $17 million to settle U.S. states’ Safari user tracking probe – November 20, 2013
Judge dismisses case against Google over Safari user tracking – October 11, 2013
UK Apple Safari users sue Google for secretly tracking Web browsing – January 28, 2013
Google pays $22.5 million to settle charges of bypassing Apple Safari privacy settings – August 9, 2012
US FTC votes to fine Google $22.5 million for bypassing Safari privacy settings; Settlement allows Google to admit no liability – July 31, 2012
Google’s D.C. lobbyists have outspent Apple nearly 10 to 1 so far this year – July 23, 2012
Google to pay $22.5 million to settle charges over bypassing privacy settings of millions of Apple users – July 10, 2012
Apple’s anti-user tracking policy has mobile advertisers scrambling – May 9, 2012
Google said to be negotiating amount of U.S. FTC fine over Apple Safari breach – May 4, 2012
Cookies and privacy, Google and Safari – February 25, 2012
Obama’s privacy plan puts pinch on Google – February 24, 2012
Obama administration outlines online privacy guidelines – February 23, 2012
Google sued by Apple Safari-user for bypassing browser privacy – February 21, 2012
Google responds to Microsoft over privacy issues, calls IE’s cookie policy ‘widely non-operational’ – February 21, 2012
Google’s tracking of Safari users could prompt FTC investigation – February 18, 2012
WSJ: Google tracked iPhone, iPad users, bypassing Apple’s Safari browser privacy settings; Microsoft denounces – February 17, 2012


    1. For some time the majority voted he should let his views be known, not use Apple to promote. Methinks they’re letting it run until the “keep your views to yourself” crowd catches up. A running poll like this one doesn’t reflect anything, statistically.

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