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What Happened?

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We believe that Google took millions of iPhone users’ personal information illegally in 2011 and 2012.

Google did this by bypassing default privacy settings on the iPhone’s Safari browser. This has been called “the Safari Workaround”. The workaround tracked internet browsing history, which Google then used to sell a targeted advertising service.

Google makes huge amounts of money from selling targeted advertising. In 2016, they earned $80 billion from advertising alone.

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What Are We Doing?

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We have started a representative action against Google because we believe they abused the rights of iPhone users by taking their data unlawfully.

A representative action is when a group of people affected by the same issue are represented by a single person to bring a claim. Consumers can use such an action to hold large companies to account. Representative actions need representatives, ours is Richard Lloyd.

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. To see if you were affected by Google’s actions, or alternatively, if you do not wish to be part of the claim, please click here.

What Can You Do?

We want as many people as possible to know about this claim. If you know someone else who had an iPhone in 2011-12, spread the word and let them know that they may be part of the claim.

We want to ensure that big companies like Google respect our privacy in the future. Our personal information is valuable and it must be used it in a way that is trustworthy and fair.

Find out more about how to protect your data here.

Why Does It Matter?

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Our personal data is how Google makes money.

When we use our phones, we trust that big companies like Google are using our data in a way that is fair and lawful.

But in 2011-12, we believe Google tracked our internet searches and took our data illegally.

Together, we can show the world’s biggest companies are not above the law.

Who was affected?

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Approximately 5.4 million individuals were affected between 2011 and 2012. Richard Lloyd is also a class member, and is representing everyone in the claim. Find out more about him here.

By joining together we are making a stand against Google. This is why we are running this case as a “Representative Action”, which is a type of collective action. Click here to see if you are part of the claim.

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