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Google comes under fire over "alleged secret iPhone tracking"

by LLB Editor
28th Jan 13 11:00 am

Google is to face legal action in the UK for “allegedly secret tracking internet habits of iPhone users”, the Guardian has reported.

The search giant will have to fend off accusations of circumventing security settings on Apple’s iPhones, iPads and the Safari browser.  

Speaking to the Guardian, Dan Tench, the Olswang lawyer who has been contacted by 10 iPhone users for pressing charges, said:

“This is the first time Google has been threatened with a group claim over privacy in the UK,” he said. “It is particularly concerning how Google circumvented security settings to snoop on its users. One of the things about Google is that it is so ubiquitous in our lives and if that’s its approach then it’s quite concerning.”

Alexander Hanff, a privacy campaigner said: “This group action is not about getting rich by suing Google, this lawsuit is about sending a very clear message to corporations that circumventing privacy controls will result in significant consequences. The lawsuit has the potential of costing Google tens of millions, perhaps even breaking £100m in damages given the potential number of claimants – making it the biggest group action ever launched in the UK.”

A letter has been sent to Google executives in the US and UK while another 10 are preparing to launch proceedings.

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