Notebookcheck

Did you own an iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012? You could be due up to £750 in compensation

Google You Owe Us could cost Google up to £3.2 billion in damages. (Image source: Apple)
Google You Owe Us could cost Google up to £3.2 billion in damages. (Image source: Apple)
iPhone owners could be due a hefty slice of compensation following a Court of Appeal judgment against Google. The complainant, Google You Owe Us, is seeking up to £3.2 billion (~US$4.1 billion) to compensate over 4 million iPhone owners for the misuse of their data. There are a few caveats to be eligible for making a claim, though.

Did you own an iPhone between June 1 2011 and February 15 2012? If so, then you could be eligible for up to £750 in compensation. Up to 4.4 million people could be eligible according to Google You Owe Us, the group that has brought the case before courts in England and Wales.

The Court of Appeal, the second-highest court in England and Wales, has ruled that the group can proceed with proceedings against Google for the misuse of personal data between August 2011 and February 2012. This is the first collective action case in English and Welsh law, which would be best compared with class action cases in the US.

According to Google You Owe Us, if you meet the following criteria, then you could be eligible for a claim:

  • Did you have an Apple ID?
  • Did you own or were you in lawful possession of an iPhone?
  • Did you use the Safari browser to access the internet?
  • Did you keep the default security settings in the Safari browser?
  • Did you not opt-out of tracking and collation via Google’s “Ads preference Manager”?
  • Were you a resident in England and Wales on 31 May 2017?

If you qualify and owned an iPhone between 1 June 2011 and February 15 2012, then you will be automatically considered as part of the mass claim. Google You Owe Us will ask those who are eligible to sign up if the claim is successful. You can inform the group that you would like to be discounted from the claim by filling out a form, which you can view here.

We shall keep you updated with the progress of the case as and when we hear about it.

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2019 10 > Did you own an iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012? You could be due up to £750 in compensation
Alex Alderson, 2019-10-25 (Update: 2019-10-25)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.