London’s Court of Appeal has given permission for action against Google over claims it collected data from more than 4 million iPhone users, overturning a ruling in 2018 that in effect blocked a chance to rectify anything legally, Reuters reports.
The claimants said Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., had illegally accessed details of Apple iPhone users’ internet browsing data by avoiding privacy settings on the Safari browser between June 2011 and February 2012.
In October 2018 London’s High Court ruled that Google’s alleged role in the collection, collation and use of data from Safari was wrongful and a breach of duty, but claimants had not suffered “damage” as specified by Britain’s Data Protection Act.
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James Oldnall, lead lawyer on the case, said the Court of Appeal decision had “confirmed our view that representative actions are essential for holding corporate giants to account”.
Google said protecting the privacy and security of its users had always been its number one priority, Reuters reported.
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