Google dispute over location of privacy lawsuit
Google wants privacy case heard in US
Google has been in discussions this week over where they will be holding a lawsuit for a UK privacy case.
The search engine has suggested that the case not be heard in the UK but in California as that is where the company is based.
This is the latest development following the lawsuit put forward by UK claimants earlier this year in a dispute over Google’s privacy settings. The claim made by dozens of Apple’s Safari users in the UK, is that Google has bypassed privacy settings, allowing their internet activity to be tracked.
Though legal arguments have yet to be presented, The Sunday Times has reported that Google’s lawyers have filed papers with the High Court stating that the information obtained was neither ‘private or confidential‘. The search engine has yet to issue a statement on the matter.
Google has previously agreed to pay a fine to American users over the same issue last year. The company paid out the record sum of $22.5m (£14.42m) in June 2012 following a ruling from the US Federal Trade Commission, after an investigation revealed the use of tracking cookies against millions of American consumers.
Dan Tench, lawyer to the claimants has stated: “Google are trying to resist this claim on the basis of whether the UK is the appropriate jurisdiction to bring the action. If they were right, that would constitute a very significant, practical handicap on anybody bringing any complaint against Google.”
The search engine, which is worth $285bn (£181.97bn), is thought to be contesting the right of the British users to put forward a lawsuit in the UK where they live and use its services.
Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword said: “Google has paid a record amount in fines over this issue in the US in an attempt to rectify the situation, and hopefully the UK claimants will see Google take their concerns on board whether that be in the US or the UK.”