UK Supreme Court blocks $4.3 bln class action against Google

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LONDON, Nov 10 (Businesshala) – The UK Supreme Court has halted a planned £3.2bn ($4.3bn) British class action against Google (GOOGL.O) over allegations that the internet giant sold millions of iPhones. Illegally tracked users’ personal information.

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Britain’s top judges on Wednesday unanimously approved a Google appeal against the country’s first such data privacy case, a move that awaits similar claims against other companies including Facebook (FB.O) and TikTok. Is.

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Historic case brought by Richard Lloyd, consumer rights activist and former director of The magazine sought to expand Britain’s class action regime to include compensation claims for data misuse – even when there is no apparent financial loss or distress.

Google said the claim was related to incidents that happened a decade ago and was addressed at the time.

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A Google spokesperson said, “People want to know that they are safe and secure online, which is why over the years we have focused on building products and infrastructure that respect and protect people’s privacy. Huh.”

Lloyd alleged that Google secretly took personal data of more than 5 million Apple (AAPL.O) iPhone users between 2011 and 2012, bypassing the default privacy settings on the Safari browser to track Internet browsing history.

Google used it to sell a targeted advertising service, with Lloyd alleging that the company made $80 billion from advertising in 2016 alone.

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Reporting by Kirsten Ridley; Editing by Toby Chopra, John Boyle and Timothy Heritage

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