You are here:Google could owe us “Several hundred pounds” in mass legal action

The corporation is in trouble again and being taken to court with the accusation of collecting personal data of millions of users in the UK

The case is based on the allegation that Google has collected over 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones. The lawsuit is led by ex-Which director, Richard Lloyd and his group aptly named “Google You Owe Us” (you couldn’t make this up).

In his estimates, Google could owe users “several hundred pounds each”

“In all my years speaking up for consumers, I’ve rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own.”

He continues “Through this action, we will send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we’re not afraid to fight back.”

According to Lloyd Google told him he would have to go over to California if he wanted to pursue legal action

“It is disappointing that they are trying to hide behind procedural and jurisdictional issues rather than being held to account for their actions,” he added

In response to the allegation, Google had the following to say

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

The Law firm Mishcon de Reya be will be supporting the case: They specialize in large-scale litigation

in 2012 Google was hit with a mass legal action in which they had to pay $22.5m (£16.8m) in a case brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the same issue, and had to settle out of court with a small number of British consumers.

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