Google bites into Apple security

A group privacy action is being taken against Google for circumventing Apple and Safari’s security settings by installing cookies to track users’ online behaviour without their knowledge or consent. Google used the data to provide targeted advertising. Safari users thought cookies were blocked, because the internet browser is set by default to block them, and because of assurances given by Google. Lawyers have applied for an order to make Google to reveal how much personal data was taken, how it was used and for how long. Safari users are suing Google for breach of confidence, breach of privacy, computer misuse and trespass as well as breach of the Data Protection Act. Anyone who used the Safari browser between summer 2011 and spring 2012 could potentially have a claim and a campaign has been set up on Facebook. The action follows just a few months after a similar one in the US when Google was fined £14 million.

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