Lawsuit accuses Google of stealing data of 5 million UK usersStaff Writer | December 2, 2017
A consumer activist launched a lawsuit accusing Google of illegally collecting data on more than five million British iPhone users, who could possibly see a payout reaching into the hundreds of millions.
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"Through this action, we will send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we're not afraid to fight back if our laws are broken," said Richard Lloyd, who is spearheading the legal action.
A former government adviser and executive director of consumer rights group Which?, Lloyd says he has "rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own."
Google is thought to have bypassed the default privacy settings of Apple's Safari internet browser using a technique dubbed 'the Safari Workaround', planting cookies into phones before selling the information they collect to advertising network DoubleClick Service.
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