Google loses appeal bid over suing

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Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Google has lost a Court of Appeal bid to prevent British consumers having the right to sue it in the UK.

A group known as Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking want to take legal action in the English courts over the internet giant’s Apple Safari internet browser.

They accuse Google of bypassing security settings in order to track their online browsing and to target them with personalised advertisements.

Three appeal judges have dismissed Google’s appeal over a High Court ruling against it and ruled claims for damages can be brought over allegations of misuse of private information.

Today’s ruling was a victory for Safari Users, including editor and publisher Judith Vidal-Hall, and Robert Hann and Marc Bradshaw, who are both IT security company directors.

They say Google’s ”clandestine” tracking and collation of internet usage between summer 2011 and early 2012 led to distress and embarrassment among UK users.

They accuse Google of collecting private information without their knowledge and consent by the use of “cookies” – a small string of text saved on the user’s device.

Dan Tench, a partner at law firm Olswang, which represents the group, said the landmark case decides “whether British consumers actually have any right to hold Google to account in this country”.

Mr Tench said: “This is the appropriate forum for this case – here in England where the consumers used the internet and where they have a right to privacy.”

Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by The News Editor

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