The Superior Court authorizes a class action against Google | Informatic direction

Renaud Larue Langlois – 08/07/2022

A class action initiated by Option consommateurs and the law firm Belleau Lapointe targeting Google’s large-scale personal data collection practices in Quebec has just been authorized by the Superior Court of Quebec

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Option consommateurs, a non-profit association whose mission is to help consumers and defend their rights, accuses the technology giant of not having obtained sufficient consent from users who visit sites integrating Google tools. , such as Google Analytics or Google Ad Manager, or who use services that do not require the creation of an account, such as Google Search or Google Maps.

The association also criticizes Google for not respecting the “Do Not Track” functionality of web browsers and for claiming that private browsing provides consumer privacy. “In this context, Google should show the greatest transparency and inform the population, give the possibility of express consent, clearly displayed. Currently, there is no such consent required,” he told The Press Alexandre Plourde, lawyer and analyst for Option consommateurs.

Option consommateurs also estimates that the action concerns millions of Quebecers. These would be people who have been browsing the web or using Google services since June 22, 2017.

The purpose of this class action is to obtain reimbursement to Quebec Internet users for the value of their personal data collected by Google. She is also seeking payment of $50 million in punitive damages, a statement read.

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Tags: class action, Superior Court of Quebec, Google, Option Consommateurs, privacy

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