Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sue Google for Tracking iPhone Users: Court Allows

Did you hear about Google tracking iPhone users [you know that Google wants to offer free international roaming to its future carrier subscribers]? It looks like this is real because Apple customers are officially allowed to sue Google Inc. for this. This April one U.K. court ruled that all users who have a ‘fruit’ handset and live in the U.K. have a right to file their lawsuit against the well-known company.

Google Tracks iPhone through Safari

According to reports, the company was using Safari browser developed by Apple to allegedly track smartphone owners. The reports date back to 2011 and 2012. They state that a number of companies including Google were tracking iPhones a couple of years ago.

iPhone tracked by Google caused a number of claims in the U.S. and it continues to attract attention in the United Kingdom. The company managed to bypass iPhone users’ privacy settings for Safari and tracked their web-browsing history.

Google agreed to pay over $22 million in 2012 and $17 milion in 2013 to settle the claims in the United States. The U.K. Court of Appeal urges local Apple customers to also sue Google for tracking them in the past.

According to the company, the court’s decision has disappointed it. Still this doesn’t change the reality. Back in the summer of 2013 three British users brought the case against it and now the court decided that users who were tracked actually ‘suffered damage to integrity, autonomy and personal dignity.’ The judge believes that UK iPhone owners felt distressed and anxious because of this.

Have you ever been tracked by any ad company while using your Apple iPhone? Do you also think that no one can exceed their privacy policies and keep a track of your browsing activity?

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