Suit Against Google Claims 5,000,000 iPhone Users Had Privacy Violated

If you used an iPhone in the United Kingdom between June 1, 2011, and Feb. 15, 2012, and lived in England or Wales earlier this year, you might be in line for some money from search engine giant Google.

A consumer advocate in the U.K. has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming it circumvented privacy protections in Apple’s Safari browser, Fortune reported.

The suit claimed that by bypassing the privacy protections, Google collected information from users.

Richard Lloyd, who was an adviser to former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009-10, organized the suit. Lloyd’s group, “Google, You Owe Us,” is suing on behalf of all iPhone users in the U.K. during the 2011-12 time period. The group claimed Google used a bypass called a “Safari Workaround” and sold personal data it collected from 5.5 million iPhone users when it did so.

Anyone who meets the criteria will be automatically included in the suit. If Lloyd wins the case, individuals will need to register to collect any cash.

But meeting all the criteria to win money from Lloyd’s suit isn’t easy. According to Forbes:

“To qualify for a payout if he wins, people have to have used Safari during the period with the default security settings, and not opted out of Google’s tracking within Google’s own systems. They also have to have been resident in England and Wales on 31 May this year.”

(H/T Conservative Tribune)

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