Google Facing Class Action Suit Over Alleged Privacy Violations

Google has been targeted by a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company shares sensitive and identifiable user information with third parties.

The lawsuit, which was filed in a US District Court in San Jose, California, was bought forward by Paloma Gaos, a resident of San Francisco and a number of other Google users.

It demands monetary damages and has asked the court to prevent Google from sharing personal information to third parties.

“User search queries, which often contain highly-sensitive and personally identifiable information, are routinely transferred to marketers, data brokers, and sold and resold to countless other third parties,” the lawsuit claims.

A Google representative told news agency the AFP that the company had not received a copy of the complaint so it can't comment on it at the moment.

Google has always maintained that no personally identifiable user information is ever shared by the company, and that all the data which is shared is anonymous and can't be used to identify specific individuals.