A UK court has blocked a class-action lawsuit against Google for allegedly ignoring iPhone user privacy settings. The lawsuit was filed by a group called “Google, You Owe Us” and sought £1.3 billion, or just over $1.7 billion USD. The suit says between August 2011 and February 2012 Google collected personal data from the Safari browser without users’ knowledge through the use of tracking cookies.
The judge overseeing the case said although what Google did was “was wrongful, and a breach of duty,” there isn’t evidence the claimants suffered “damages” under the definition as set forth by the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998. In the U.S., Google agreed to pay a record $22.4 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges related to the same issue.