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Google Sued for Tracking

Google Sued for Tracking

Added: Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
An individual claims that Google Plus was tracking his behavior without permission. The company is currently being sued for allegedly bypassing the privacy settings of Safari web browser to track the Internet behavior of Google Plus users.

One of the Kentucky residents, William Gourley, has recently started a lawsuit against Google over its Internet tracking. Gourley claims that despite assurances from the search giant, his Safari Internet browser didn’t opt out from tracking.

Indeed, Google admits that it tracks the behavior of its Google Plus users for advertising content. Nevertheless, William Gourley claims that he has been misled into believing that he had opted out on Safari browser.

According to the court proceedings, the search engine slash social network had instructed its users that it didn’t yet have a cookie opt out plugin for Safari browser. However, Google claimed that its own privacy settings should work. Although Safari is set to automatically block all 3rd party cookies, William Gourley still claims that his online behavior was tracked by the company.

The launched lawsuit will make the court to look at whether the search giant is at fault for the tracking content as accused, or whether it happened accidentally. Meanwhile, William Gourley insists that the company has also acted illegally by passing on data as part of its advertising and marketing program. William Gourley is currently seeking damages to make up for the suspected privacy intrusion, asking for $100 per day, or $10,000 per infringement.

According to the information presented by the District Court for Western Kentucky, by the end of 2011, there were 67,000,000 registered Google Plus users.

April 1st,2012

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Date:  Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-04-01 16:24:10)
cool24x7 avatar67,000,000 people using google plus?
vey interesting news

posted by Blocked (2012-04-02 00:03:15)
menahunie avatarI hope he wins; then think I am next in line and your next.
BIG companies have for too long have this attitude we can do anything we want; but it takes people with balls like this guy to do something.
I don't use safari; but it is known Google has done this on other popular browsers also.

posted by (2012-04-03 05:53:30)
No avatar67,000,000 registered Google Plus users? WoW indeed. glad I refused that service.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2012-04-03 06:43:27)
trialNerror avatarMore power to the man.
However, if he wins then everybody should win that 100 bucks a day for damages from Google.
O' wouldn't that be grand?

67,000,000 registered Google Plus users doesn't mean real people. The actual number of living users with G+ accounts is probably more like 40 million. The rest are forgotten username/password accounts, double or tripled accounts for one person, or signed up for 1 thing then never went back since G+ isn't really all that special more kinda really like a digital spy.

posted by (2012-04-04 02:30:10)
daveh avatarThanks for info.

posted by (2012-04-05 07:12:33)
No avatar67,000,000 REGISTERED users. It didn't say 67,000,000 active members that all had unique identities and ip addresses and that used the site more than twice a week.
As someone else said above, I am glad I don't use that service. Who knows what your Google Plus "friends" may end up knowing about you that you explicitly intended them not to know.

Social networking has become a way for large corporations to sandbox people and dictate the way in which they communicate with each other. And if that weren't enough, they record everything you do in the hopes that it will financially benefit themselves at your risk and expense. There are other options, but people are just too lazy and feel that Google, Facebook, and the CIA should be allowed to tell them what they can and cannot do online. Can we please graduate from internet preschool already? Does anyone even know or care that they can create their own social networking software or at the very least host their own social networking sites that they can have full control over?

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