Bad news for Google!!
London court has reopened a legal case against Google in which the internet giant is alleged to collect data from more than 4 million iPhone users. For this Google is facing a mass claim for compensation.
In 2018, the court overruled the decision due to which the litigation against the internet giant was stopped over the issue. The court said that the alleged role of Google in collecting the user’s data did not cause any damage.
But, the case reopened and will go ahead. Prosecutors said Google passed privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser and gained access to iPhone users’ browsing data for less than a year i.e. between June 2011 and February 2012.
The lead lawyer on the case told Reuters “the decision made by the Court of Appeal had confirmed our view that representative actions are essential for holding corporate giants to account”.
Richard Lloyd, the representative of the mass claim group said: “he ruling sent a very clear message to Google and other large tech companies: You are not above the law”.
He also said, “Google can be held to account in this country for misusing people’s personal data, and groups of consumers can together ask the courts for redress when firms profit unlawfully from ‘repeated and widespread’ violations of our data protection rights”.
A Google spokeswoman told the media that “the case related to events that took place nearly a decade ago and that we addressed at the time. We believe it has no merit and should be dismissed”.