Lots of users love Apple's Safari Web browser because it has lots of built-in privacy settings. But, Google managed to find a way around those settings to secretly collect information about Internet users. The FTC has already slapped the company on the wrist for the maneuver, and now a high court in the U.K. could be taking things a step further.
Google used invisible HTML forms to get around Safari's features that block third-party cookies. This allowed the company to place Google's DoubleClick advertising cookies on computers and collect information about users' ethnicity, social class and Internet browsing tendencies. And, now, a U.K. court of appeals says that Google can be held liable for its secretive tracking.
The judges ruled that damages can be brought over Google's alleged misuse of private information.
This decision paves the way for consumer groups in the U.K. like Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking that want to take Google to court over illegal tracking.