has been accused of “clandestine tracking” of 4.4 million
iPhone users in the UK and is facing a lawsuit in the high court
for as much as £3.2 billion.
to a report by The Guardian,
Google usurped data from iPhone users through an exploit in the
Safari browser. This loophole was found by a Ph.D. researcher in
2012 and termed as “Safari Workaround” which allowed Google to
amass personal data.
information gathered from the loophole allegedly includes users’
race, social class, location, physical and mental health,
political views, shopping habits and financial data. This data was
used to categorize users into groups for what Google describes as
internet giant Google claims that there are no indications that
the Safari Workaround resulted in sharing of the personal
data to third parties and there is no way to find out if anyone
was affected by the data harvesting.
White, the lawyer defending Google said that this lawsuit is aimed
at damaging the company’s accountability rather than finding
compensation for the affected people.
director for Google UK, Tom Price, said that the events in this
case “took place over six years ago” and it was “addressed at
that time.” He also noted that “the privacy and security of our
users is extremely important to us” and believes that the case ”
has no merit and should be dismissed.”