Iphone users sue Google for £2.7bn for ‘sell­ing their data’

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Katie Mor­ley CON­SUMER AF­FAIRS EDI­TOR

GOOGLE could be forced to pay more than five mil­lion iphone users £2.7bil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion af­ter be­ing ac­cused of sell­ing their data with­out their permission.

A new con­sumer cam­paign called “Google You Owe Us” is launch­ing a class ac­tion against the tech gi­ant, al­leg­ing it un­law­fully har­vested the brows­ing his­to­ries of iphone users with­out con­sent by by­pass­ing a de­fault pri­vacy set­ting and ac­cess­ing per­sonal data from the phone’s Sa­fari browser.

A group of at least 5.4 mil­lion af­fected con­sumers could be owed hundreds of pounds each in com­pen­sa­tion, ac­cord­ing to Richard Lloyd, the for­mer Which? ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, who is spear­head­ing the ac­tion.

If suc­cess­ful the case would be the big­gest com­pen­sa­tion bill ever paid to Bri­tish con­sumers over im­proper use of data. A claim by 5.4mil­lion peo­ple for £500 each would re­sult in a £2.7 bil­lion pay­out for Google.

Lawyers at Mish­con de Reya have served Google with le­gal pa­pers and the case is ex­pected to be heard in the High Court next year.

A Google spokesman said: “This is not new – we have de­fended sim­i­lar cases be­fore. We don’t be­lieve it has any merit and we will con­test it.”

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