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Google facing lawsuit from UK-based Safari users over browser tracking

Google sued by Safari users in UK over tracking them despite browser settings to the contrary

By: Trace Hagan from Jan 28, 2013 @ 16:02 CST

Google thought it was out of the woods after it settled allegations of tracking Safari users even though their settings were set to "Do Not Track." It looks like they don't have this fully behind them quite yet as 12 Safari users in the UK have filed suit against the company over the tracking fiasco.


Law firm Olswang is handling the case and states that between summer 2011 and spring 2012, cookies were used to track Safari users, even though Google promised not to. "Google has a responsibility to consumers and should be accountable for the trust placed in them. We hope that they will take this opportunity to give Safari users a proper explanation about what happened, to apologize and, where appropriate, compensate the victims of their intrusion," says Olswang partner Dan Tench.

Prior to this lawsuit, representatives of the US government fined Google $22.5 million for the same cause of action. This lends some credibility and standing to the lawsuit. Because of this, it's somewhat likely Google will settle out of court with the twelve users.


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