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UK court saves Google from $4.3 billion payout in illegal data collection lawsuit

Not for the first time, the court granted Google relief from a lawsuit alleging violation of iPhone privacy settings.

In the case of a 2017 $4.3 billion lawsuit claiming damages on allegations that Google illegally collected user data, the United Kingdom's Supreme Court on November 10 ruled to disallow the matter from proceeding further. In its judgement, the court noted that it did so because the claimant did not show wrongful use or damage caused by Google's actions. In its judgement, the UK court raised issues with the cases claim amount, premise of the damages, and other aspects of the petitioner's arguments. According to Reuters, petitioner Richard Llyod said that the Supreme Court had failed to protect people from big tech companies like Google. The case was first dismissed by the High Court in 2018, which was appealed and subsequently reversed by the Court of Appeal in 2019. The new judgement reinstates the earlier situation. The class action lawsuit sought to claim $858 ( €750) for 4 million iPhone users in England and Wales whose data was allegedly, secretly collected by Google through a cookie in the Safari browser between 2011-12. Class action lawsuits in the UK are uncommon especially in the realm of data protection, the judgement notes. The judgement sets precedent for future legal challenges to unlawful data collection by big tech firms. Allegations levied against Google in the lawsuit Lloyd alleged that between August 2011 and February 2012, Google violated iPhone privacy settings to use cookies that could track upto 18 data points on users. This cookie called the 'Doubleclick ad' cookie was devised as part…

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