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UK internet users take Google privacy case to the High Court

A group of Apple iPhone Safari users who are seeking damages from Google over the search giant’s illegal tracking of their online activity have taken their case to the UK High Court.

Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking are bringing a test case against the firm in a bid to sue for damages after they were targeted with personalised adverts without their permission.

The alleged breach of privacy occurred between the summer of 2011 and February 2012, a period in which Google bypassed the browsers security settings to install tracking cookies.

Google has sought to have the case thrown out, arguing that the British legal system has no jurisdiction over it as it is a California based company and claims against it should only be brought there.

Three claimants; Judith Vidal-Hall, a former editor of Index on Censorship magazine and IT security firm directors Robert Hann and Marc Bradshaw, argue however that Google should answer for its actions in a UK court.

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