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Google loses High Court bid against Safari tracking action group

By Stephen Lepitak | -

January 16, 2014 | 2 min read

Google has lost a High Court breach of privacy action against a group of UK internet users called the Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking.

The action at the High Court saw the search giant accused of over-riding online security settings to track the behaviour of users and target them with advertisements through Apple's Safari browser, which is the default browser on its mobile and tablet devices.

Google had applied for a declaration that the court had no jurisdiction over the claims, however, The Press Association has reported that in making his verdict, Mr Justice Tugendhat, ruled otherwise.

The company has wanted Safari users to launch their claims in the US, where Google is head-quartered.

A spokesperson for the group said: "The Google argument that any trial should take place in California has not been accepted by the judge."

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