We are a group of Apple users who are intent on taking legal action against Google for breach of our right to privacy and misuse of our personal information. In March 2015 our group, then called “Safari Users against Google's Secret Tracking”, defeated Google in the Court of Appeal Finding in our favour on the question of whether we had a good arguable case against Google, the three judges ,unanimously agreed that;
"these claims raise serious issues which merit a trial. They concern what is alleged to have been the secret and blanket tracking and collation of information, often of an extremely private nature,… about and associated with the claimants' internet use".
This judgment has opened the way for all those who were harmed by Google’s activities, known as the “Safari Workaround” which allowed Google to place tracking cookies on Apple devices thus overcoming the default settings of Safari
We are now preparing to go ahead and sue Google on behalf of all those Apple users in England and Wales who used the Safari browser on Apple computers, iPod Touches, iPads, and iPhones during the infringing period of Summer 2011 to about 17th February 2012 and, who wish to sign up to join in the action.
Google has yet to explain itself, which it will do by way of submitting a defence to the initial action in England. But in August 2012, in the USA, it "agreed to pay a civil penalty of US$22.5 million to settle charges, bought by the United States Federal Trade Commission that it misrepresented to users of the Safari browser that it would not place tracking cookies or serve targeted advertisements to those users. In November 2013, it agreed to pay US$17 million to settle US state consumer-based actions brought against it by the attorneys general representing 37 states and the District of Colombia", according to the English Court of Appeal judgment.