London - Google was accused of trying to avoid British justice on Monday after it claimed that UK courts had no jurisdiction to put it on trial for privacy breaches.
The search engine is accused of bypassing security settings on Apple iPhones, iPads and computers to track users’ web browsing without their knowledge and send them targeted advertisements.
A group of British internet users has launched legal action against the firm for breach of privacy.
But on Monday Google appealed to London’s High Court to throw out the case, arguing that the British claimants should have launched their action in the United States as that’s where the firm is based. The move, branded “arrogant” by the claimants, will fuel anger over Google’s attempts to avoid regulation in overseas markets.
The company already avoids hundreds of millions of pounds in corporation tax by legally booking UK profits through its European headquarters in Dublin.
Jonathan Hawker, a spokesperson for the claimants, said: “Google breached British people’s privacy in Britain. It has offices in the UK, it employs staff in the UK, and it makes a lot of money in the UK. It should answer to English law, but it wants to act in whichever way it wants, wherever it wants.”
The hearing concludes on Tuesday. - Daily Mail