Alphabet Inc’s Google could face $4.3 billion claim in U.K. iPhone privacy case

“iPhone users suing Google over data-collection claims may be seeking as much as 3.2 billion pounds ($4.29 billion), the search giant said in a court filing,” Jonathan Browning reports for Bloomberg. “The group representing iPhone users, known as Google You Owe Us, now includes 4.4 million people, according to documents filed with the court at a hearing Monday. The group says the Alphabet Inc. unit unlawfully collected people’s personal information by bypassing Apple Inc.’s iPhone default privacy settings.”

“While any potential damages are still to be determined, the group has suggested each individual could receive 750 pounds if the case is successful, Google said in court documents.,” Browning reports. “Led by consumer advocate Richard Lloyd, the group is seeking permission to hear the case as a ‘representative action’ that is akin to a U.S. class action, arguing that all the customers share the same interests.”

“The group said that Google used an algorithm that allowed developers to track a user’s browsing history and collect personal information,” Browning reports. “The algorithm acted to get around the default settings of Apple’s Safari browser, which blocked third-party tracking via cookies.”

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MacDailyNews Take: DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t track users.

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  1. You know that old adage about what socialists do when they run out of other people’s money? Apparently, they just go and tax another country’s people. Call it a “claim.” $60 per man woman and child in the UK ought to keep that health care service running for a few weeks. Then it will be Apple’s turn again. Why always Apple and Google? Ask Willie Sutton.

    1. It doesn’t matter who is in charge at the moment, all those Euro-Socialist bills that have been piling up have to be paid. I have also never seen a more ineffectual bunch of conservatives. They can’t even manage to get Brexit done after the people voted for it.

  2. So the crux of the case is whether the “Do Not Track” function was intended to only block tracking by cookies, short of the users’ expectations of the function blocking every type of tracking.

    Put another way it’s like saying the diet supplement claims it will keep you from gaining fat (blocks sugar conversion to fat) but you get fat anyway since you also eat a lot of fries.

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