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You may be owed £500 from Google: millions could get a payout, are you one of them?

Google is facing a lawsuit worth billions of pounds, which could end up forcing the US firm to hand out £500 each to more than five million people in the UK. Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc, is facing the lawsuit which accuses its video streaming service YouTube of routinely breaking privacy laws. The lawsuit was filed by privacy campaigner Duncan McCann and is being supported by tech justice group, Foxglove.

The lawsuit accuses YouTube of breaking privacy laws by harvesting the data of “millions of children” to target advertisement. If successful, the claimants estimate that the compensation would be as much as £2.5 billion. For context, Alphabet Inc reported revenues of $41.2billion in the first three months of this year.

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If successful, the lawsuit could lead to individual payouts between £100 and £500, with the lawsuit being filed on behalf of more than five million children under 13 and their parents. The filing claims that there were “major breaches” of UK and European privacy and data laws which are “designed to protect citizens’ control over their own private information”.

It adds that YouTube “systematically broken these laws by harvesting children’s data without obtaining prior parental consent”.

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