Daniel Golightly reports:
Google is reportedly facing a collective suit in the U.K. worth up to $4.3 billion, stemming from a workaround the company is alleged to have implemented on iOS’s Safari Browser back in 2011. In this new case, a group called “Google You Owe Us” is representing 4.4 million iPhone users in the country who could each be awarded approximately $1,000 if the suit is won. The damages are sought for unauthorized data collection between 2011 and 2012, which is when the workaround was discovered. For those who may not recall, this was a workaround that Google found it could exploit in order to collect data from Apple’s Safari Browser. By default, that’s the only browser which runs on the company’s iOS devices and is deliberately secured against that type of collection. Because of the way the browser is set up, users effectively couldn’t consent to the collection.
Read more on Android Headlines, but if you’re a member of the class, I wouldn’t get your hopes up on where you’re going to spend that $1,000 that you’ll likely never see.