If you used an Apple iPhone in the U.K., Google might be forced to pay you up to $926



Some Apple iPhone owners who visited the U.K. in 2011-12 could be owed up to £750 each (equivalent to $926 USD) by Google as the result of a massive representative action lawsuit (similar to a class-action suit in the states). U.K. newspaper The Sun published a story today stating that the lawsuit, originally shot down by the U.K.'s High Court a year ago, is back on again after three judges overturned last October's ruling. The suit alleges that Google bypassed privacy settings related to the mobile Safari browser between August 2011 and February 2012.


According to the lawsuit, filed by a group called Google, You Owe Us, the search giant was able to obtain information about iPhone users including racial and ethnic data, physical affiliation and opinions, physical and mental health, sexuality, sexual interests, and social class. In addition, other information related to an iPhone user's financial information, geographic location and shopping habits were collected, aggregated anonymously with data collected from other iPhone owners and put into different groups such as "football lovers" or "current affairs enthusiasts." These groups were offered to advertisers as a way for them to market their products to a specific audience.

Google already settled a similar case in the U.S. for $39.5 million


While Google already paid $39.5 million in the U.S. to settle a similar legal action in the U.S., it is going to take more money to make this go away in the U.K. That's because the plaintiffs seek as much as £3.2 billion and say that as many as 5.4 million individuals were affected between 2011 and 2012. After the attorneys take their cut, U.K. iPhone users could receive, as we mentioned above, up to the equivalent of $926 each. To join the legal action, you do not need to have purchased your iPhone in the U.K. You can qualify to join the proceedings if you have an Apple ID and were in England and Wales at any time between June 1, 2011, and February 15, 2012. You also had to have an iPhone in your possession while in the U.K. and accessed the internet using the mobile Safari browser. The default browser settings must have remained enabled and you never opted-out of tracking and collation via Google's Ads preference manager. Once the courts decide that Google must pay the plaintiffs, or a settlement is reached, these questions will require more proof than just a yes or no reply.


Google says that it has requested permission to appeal the decision to reinstate the case with the Supreme Court. The company added in a statement that "Protecting the privacy and security of our users has always been our number one priority. This case relates to events that took place nearly a decade ago and that we addressed at the time. We believe it has no merit and should be dismissed."

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8 Comments

1. gadgetpower

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

As usual.

2. Alcyone

Posts: 469; Member since: May 10, 2018

"Nothing to see here. Move along." -Officer Barbrady

3. saif2711

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Any chance of similar cashback in India??lol

4. AlienKiss

Posts: 198; Member since: May 21, 2019

Hahaha! I'm from eastern Europe and we don't even dream of that. Let's just say this is a happy case in UK. Usually, this sort of things happen only in the US (getting some cash back) Good luck in India!

7. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

In the U.S., after the attorneys are done divvying up their shares, consumers usually end up getting like $5 each. $926 to each consumer is a very ambitious target.

5. whatev

Posts: 2320; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Typical Google

6. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Oh Google... you never learn do you?

8. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Cheaper to fight the legal battles and pay fines than to lose out on all that valuable data.

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