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Privacy activists can sue Google in UK over Safari tracking, court decides

on January 16, 2014


A group of privacy activists in England have won permission to sue Google in that country over its tricking of Apple’s(s aapl) Safari browser into accepting its tracking cookies, even when the browser settings forbade this.

The judge dealing with the case argued that it should be heard in an English court, because it dealt with a “developing area” of English law, and because it was unreasonable to expect a small group of individuals to spend a fortune suing Google in the U.S. when the alleged damage was done in England.

String of cases

Last October Google(s goog) saw a similar class action lawsuit against it thrown out of a U.S. court — the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had already fined the firm $22.5 million for the tracking trick, and in this case the judge argued that no-one could prove they had been harmed.

Then activists in the UK

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