In a recent litigation filed by a campaign group ‘Google, You Owe Us’, the search giant is being sued for allegedly tracking and categorising the data of 4.4 million iPhone users.
The campaign group is led by former consumer advocate Richard Lloyd and the group claims that Google breached the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser on iPhones, dubbed the Safari Workaround, between August 2011 and February 2012. It states that the search engine categorised people into different groups based on their ethnicity, race, sexuality and sexual interests, political affiliations, and their physical and mental health. The categorisation, the group says was done for advertisers.
Earlier Google has already paid $39.5 million to settle the claims in the USA.