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Google targeted in U.K. class action lawsuit due to alleged iPhone tracking

Google allegedly used tactics to sidestep Apple's security settings in Safari to secretly monitor user behavior, according to a group that has now filed a class action lawsuit.
February 4, 2013
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Are Google‘s days of following the motto “don’t be evil” really over? Some Apple users in the U.K. seem to think so, starting legal proceedings for a privacy claim against the world’s biggest search company because of the way it allegedly dealt with Apple’s standard security settings in Safari, allowing it to secretly monitor user behavior.

The group behind the suit, which is being handled by London lawyer Dan Tench, alleges that Google used methods to sidestep Safari’s security settings in order to follow users around on the Web with the use of cookies. Cookies are normally harmless and simply get stored on computers to keep a record of what sites have already been visited by a user. But as the claimants her point out, cookies can also be used to invade a user’s privacy.

Google has already dealt with–and subsequently suffered from–a group claim over privacy like this one in its homeland of the U.S last year. The company ended up paying a fine of $22.5 million because of privacy issues that occurred between 2011 and 2012. Now, it is facing its first privacy-related battle ever in the U.K. Google may be fined here once again, but it will be interesting to see how this all actually turns out.