Google You Owe Us have won the right to appeal an earlier judgement on the legal action. GYOU allege that Google collected personal data from more than four million iPhone users in 2011-2012 illegally. The case will be heard in the Court of Appeal.
The disappointing High Court judgment, delivered in October, highlighted the barriers that remain for consumers using collective actions as a route to redress in England and Wales. Google has paid millions in fines in the US to settle earlier claims against it over similar data-gathering claims.
Justice Warby’s judgment found that Google’s actions were arguably “wrongful, and a breach of duty”. Despite this he suggested that affected class members did not care about their data being taken without permission. Affected class members have continued to show their support for the case on Facebook and over 20,000 class members signed up for case updates.
Richard Lloyd, the representative claimant said:
“Google’s business model is based on using personal data to target adverts to consumers and they must ask permission before using this data. The court accepted that people did not give Google permission to use their data in this case, yet slammed the door shut on holding Google to account.
We are looking forward to the appeal. We want to give affected consumers the opportunity to get the compensation they are owed and show that collective actions offer a clear route to justice for data protection claims.”