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iPhone Users Could Be Eligible For £750 Each Over Google Data Breach

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iPhone Users Could Be Eligible For £750 Each Over Google Data Breach

If you were an iPhone user and accessed the Safari web browser between 2011 and 2012, then you could be eligible for a £750 ($1,040) payout from Google.

But don't go spending the money just yet - this all depends on the result of an appeal set to go to the Supreme Court on 28 and 29 April, over alleged illegal data harvesting.

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According to reports, sensitive data may have been collected from millions of iPhone users, including details such as health, race, ethnicity, sexuality and finances.

Consumer champion Richard Lloyd says that data was gathered from the technology giant, even if users had opted for the 'do not track' privacy setting.

Mr Lloyd, a former director at Which?, launched the case in 2018 and now the Supreme Court will hear Google's appeal. If the tech firm is unsuccessful, then it could end up forking out as much as £3.2 billion ($4.4bn).

The case was thrown out in 2018 by a High Court judge, who deemed it difficult to calculate how many people were impacted. But that was overturned in 2019 by three Court of Appeal judges.

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Speaking back when the ruling was overturned, Lloyd said: "Today's judgement sends a very clear message to Google and other large tech companies - you are not above the law.

"Google can be held to account in this country for misusing peoples' personal data, and groups of consumers can together ask the courts for redress when firms profit unlawfully from 'repeated and widespread' violations of our data protection rights.

"We will take this fight against Google all the way."

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The High Court ruling was overturned on appeal. Credit: PA
The High Court ruling was overturned on appeal. Credit: PA

Lloyd has been leading a campaign group called Google You Owe Us that hopes to win at least £1bn for the 4.4m iPhone users in the UK.

The group claims that Google bypassed privacy settings between August 2011 and February 2012, and subsequently used the data gathered to divide people into advertising categories.

Google had argued that the 'representative action' from Mr Lloyd wasn't suitable for the case. Their lawyers also contended that there is no suggestion the 'Safari Workaround' resulted in any information being disclosed to third parties.

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Google has issued a statement to LADbible which reads: "These claims relate to events that took place a decade ago and that we addressed at the time. We look forward to making our case in court."

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Topics: Google, News, Technology, iPhone

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