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Campaign sues Google on behalf of 5.4m Britons

Campaign sues Google on behalf of 5.4m Britons

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Google is facing legal action launched on behalf of 5.4 million people in England and Wales over allegations it unlawfully collected their personal data. If successful, those affected could receive compensation.The campaign Google You Owe Us says that between June 2011 and February 2012, Google bypassed the default privacy settings on users' iPhones to collect user data unlawfully.The company is alleged to have placed cookies on the Safari browser to track users.Unusually, the campaign is a representative action, brought on behalf of all those affected - similar to a class action lawsuit in the US.Richard Lloyd, the representative claimant in the case, told Sky News: "My job is to represent everyone that was affected by this breach of trust by Google to make sure that these vast companies ...
Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

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Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.The group taking action - Google You Owe Us - is led by ex-Which director Richard Lloyd.He estimates the users could get as much as "several hundred pounds each".The case centres on how Google used cookies - small pieces of computer text that are used to collect information from devices in order to deliver targeted ads.The complaint is that for several months in 2011 and 2012 Google placed ad-tracking cookies on the devices of Safari users which is set by default to block such cookies.'Abuse of trust'The...
Google axes 'Which child do you like best?' poll

Google axes 'Which child do you like best?' poll

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Google has taken down a survey which showed people pictures of four young children and asked them to choose which one they liked best.The survey, which was seen by Sky News, appeared on the website of a UK-based site which was trialling the Google Surveys service.It told viewers to help the site generate revenue by selecting an image of one of four very young children, prompted with the question: "Which child do you like best?"Google Surveys is a business product that the search giant uses to allow companies to conduct customised market research.The surveys are completely designed by the companies through a self-service web portal, although they are required to meet Google's content and editorial guidelines.For publishers, it works as an alternative to paywalls for their websites, allowing...
How Google, Facebook and other tech giants are fighting ISIS online

How Google, Facebook and other tech giants are fighting ISIS online

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Over the past year, the tech giants have come under fire for not doing enough to fight ISIS's digital army on their own turf. Now Google, Jigsaw and Facebook are experimenting with new ways to use algorithms and the latest open source technology to try to pull potential ISIS recruits back from the edge before it’s too late. An initiative called the redirect method, which launched six months ago in the United States, uses Google’s not-so-secret weapon: Algorithms that target ads designed specifically for you. “The Redirect Method, put simply, is a way of using advertising to counter and prevent extremism and terrorism,” said Ross Frenett, a director at Moonshot CVE, the company working with Google on the project. “So someone types in 'I want to join jihad into Google...' we’ve placed an
Google investigating Pixel 2 XL screen 'burn-in'

Google investigating Pixel 2 XL screen 'burn-in'

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Google is investigating reports the screens of its new Pixel 2 XL smartphones are showing 'burn-in' after only a few weeks of use.Screen burn-in is a permanent discolouration of a display which can be caused by issues with the light-emitting diodes or the glass itself.:: What is Google's new Pixel 2 smartphone like?Images posted on Twitter by Android blogger Justin Duino appear to show signs of discolouration when the device is turned off.Other users of Twitter also responded with images of their stained devices.The issue does not seem to be affecting the smaller of Google's new devices, the Pixel 2.Marc Springer also posted an image of what he claimed was a three-week-old Pixel 1 which looked as if it was suffering discolourations.A Google spokesperson told Sky News the company was invest...