Google Sued by Apple Safari Users in UK
A group of U.K. users is suing Google for "snooping" on their activities while they were using the Apple Safari Web browser.Google, six months after being fined $22.5 million by U.S. regulators for bypassing privacy settings on Apple's Safari Web browser, is now being sued by a group of U.K.-based residents for allegedly "snooping" on their online search activities while they were using Safari. The lawsuit echoes a similar one filed early last year by Safari users in the United States. The court action in the U.K., which does not specify how many people are represented, was announced Jan. 27 by British law firm Olswang. The U.K. lawsuit will seek damages from Google "for undermining the security settings on Apple's Safari browser to track online usage covertly," according to the statement. The group also started a Facebook page, "Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking," to publicize its efforts as part of the worldwide Data Privacy Day, which is being celebrated Jan. 28.
"Google has a responsibility to consumers and should be accountable for the trust placed in them," Dan Tench, an attorney representing the plaintiffs for Olswang, said in a statement. "We hope that they will take this opportunity to give Safari users a proper explanation about what happened, to apologize and, where appropriate, compensate the victims of their intrusion."