Google could have to pay a bill of more than £1bn being accused in the UK of collecting user data unlawfully. The consumer campaign Google You Owe Us is a representative action, brought on behalf of all those affected and there are of 5.4 million people in England and Wales to ask compensation.
In fact, between June 2011 and February 2012, Google bypassed the default privacy settings on users' iPhones to collect user data without consent. The company placed cookies on the Safari browser to track users. “We want to see more than five million British consumers given the compensation they're due," Richard Lloyd, the representative claimant in the case told to media, former executive director of the consumer watchdog Which?, Millions of iPhone users could receive £300 payout.
The group served paper on Google last night. They say probably the case will be heard next year.” In all my years speaking up for consumers, I've rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own. That's why I've taken on one of the biggest fights of my life in representing this legal action, which is the first of its kind in the UK against a major tech company for misusing our valuable personal data," Mr. Lloyd said. Google has yet to respond to the claim. Google had previously big problems in Europe when antitrust officials fined the search giant a record $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals.