Google escapes UK lawsuit by data users


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The technology company Google cannot be sued collectively by a group of consumers in the UK for the way the company handled user data in 2011 and 2012. The UK Supreme Court ruled that such a case “is doomed. “. After all, compensation can only be awarded if it has been established for each user that Google has illegally used their data and that user has suffered harm as a result.

The Google You Owe Us interest group, which brought the case, wanted to talk about £ 3 billion on Google. Converted that is more than 3.5 billion euros. Because Google’s headquarters are outside the UK, the claims club had to obtain the judge’s permission to bring the case against the company. A first judge banned it, but Google You Owe Us got permission on appeal.

The case revolves around a period of several months in 2011 and 2012. According to Google You Owe Us, Google illegally collected data on people using the company’s Chrome browser. Google also used this data for its advertising service.

Google You Owe Us says it is “very disappointed” by the ruling. Google responded with satisfaction.

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