Google said to be in trouble for tracking millions of Apple iPhone users in the U.K.
posted by Alan F. / Jan 28, 2013, 4:57 PM
Google has admitted that its DoubleClick mobile ad network stored information on user's computers without their consent. Lawyers for those claimants are asking Google to reveal what it did with the personal data it obtained, and also want to know how much data was actually taken. The claimants are suing Google for breaches of confidence and breach of privacy, computer misuse and trespass, and breach of the Data Protection Act of 1998. Last July, Google paid the FTC a $22.5 for a similar privacy breach that occurred in the U.S. between summer 2011 and spring 2012. The suits in the U.K. have the potential to break 100 million GBP ($157 million USD) in damages. which would set a record for the largest group action ever started in the U.K.
source: Guardian, BusinessInsider via TUAW
Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012
its Not about tracking, its about respect and Obviously Apple nor Google take that rule as a priority to keep in touch the costumers, they wanna know what would you think to make more monney, not to bring a better xperience... crappy!
posted on Jan 28, 2013, 5:27 PM 1
Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011
Seriously, I don't think many of us are important enough for big companies to track us for some "purpose" other than improving their system. I honestly love Google. I use all their services and I love how everything is connected. Implementation of Google Now is amazing. I go to work only on Weekends and it is ONLY then that Google Now automatically pops up in the notification bar to tell me about an hour or two before going to work that it will take "this long" to go to work. Google Now is just one example. I have nothing to complain.
posted on Jan 28, 2013, 5:40 PM 3
Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013
they are snoopin around so that they can sell ur data usages and stats to possible marketing companies.. Yes Google has done some amazing things, but collecting peronal data without consent is Wrong. What if the data gets into wrong hands.. Just imagine sum1 always standing behind u ,watching u,while u r online..that is exactly wat Google has done and it pretty much creeps me out!
posted on Jan 29, 2013, 12:55 AM 1
Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012
I am also interested in what Google did with those data. Its always been a black box to me. I also support that Google should respect the law and the user wishes not to be tracked. All coorperations need to be monitored and regulated no exception..
posted on Jan 28, 2013, 5:45 PM 4
Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012
Let's just hope the UK aren't as stupid as the FTC was and fine google for apple's stupid webkit error that allowed it to happen in the first place. FYI google submitted a fix for the problem to webkit but apple never accepted it. They can have all the cookies they want; it'll show practically nothing.
posted on Jan 28, 2013, 5:46 PM 0
I used to worry Google keep tracking me, but not anymore after I got my 1st android device... but that doesnt mean Google can just simply track people tho... coz sometimes i need a very serious privacy to connect someone, that's the reason why I'm still holding ios devices :(
posted on Jan 28, 2013, 5:54 PM 1
Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012
So what is the difference what Google is doing and what Apple does? Apple's devices collect data from it users all day long. It seems like Apple doesnt like another company modifying there settings and cant do anything about it.
posted on Jan 28, 2013, 6:44 PM 0
it will be intresting to know what google did with the data.........Right now i agree with the apple users that they deserve their privacy, also right now I dont know why google would do what they did but we'll see if they really crossed the line or not by what was done with the data... if anything bad was done then hopefuly google learns not to "tinker" around with peoples privacy anymore
posted on Jan 28, 2013, 11:02 PM 0
Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012
that's why i don't own an Android / iOS based device... big companies DO NOT respect our privacy... look at True Caller! it has stored my no. in spite of multiple requests to delete it... have i used it? never! someone else has used it and my no. is all over the world! google deserves a heavy penalty!
posted on Jan 28, 2013, 11:39 PM 0
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