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iPhone Owners Can Get $672 Each From Google

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It’s not Christmas yet, but iPhone users in U.K. might get an early gift if campaign group, You Owe Us, has anything to say about it. They want to fight for compensation after Google bypassed Safari privacy settings on 5.4M iPhones during June 2011 and February 2012 #securemagic

Five years ago, Google used a backdoor method to install cookies on Apple mobile devices without users’ knowledge and despite Safari default settings. Normally, those prevent companies like Google and advertisers to use cookies but Google bent the rules and fooled the browser into thinking that a human was submitting an invisible form to Google and thus, allowing them to put in a tracking cookie without consent.

After their illegal move came to surface, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined them $22.5M for violating user privacy later. Now, group You Owe Us launched a representative action, one in which a single person makes a claim on behalf of a larger group, for the offense. The lawsuit could cost in the end as much as $3.63B!

The group explained to England and Wales residents that “if you were affected you will automatically be part of the claim and you do not need to take any further action. Richard Lloyd and the lawyers are taking care of the case.”

Want to know if you were affected by Google’s sneaky ways? Go here. If you don’t want anything to do with the lawsuit, you can also make that clear by clicking the same link.

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