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US judge dismisses lawsuit over Google's browser tracking
Washington, October 11, 2013
First Published: 17:05 IST(11/10/2013)
Last Updated: 17:07 IST(11/10/2013)

A federal judge in the United States has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Google.

The move comes after the judge found that the web giant's browser cookie tracking practices had not caused them any harm.

According to CNET, the lawsuit, which was filed in February 2012 by users of Web browsers from Apple and Microsoft, accused Google and three other online advertising companies of having 'tricked' the web browsers into accepting cookies that enabled Google to serve the plaintiffs targeted advertising.

The lawsuit was filed soon after it was revealed that Google used special code to get around users' privacy controls in Safari and Internet Explorer in order to track users on computers and mobile devices, the report said.

While agreeing that the companies bypassed the browsers' privacy settings, U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson wrote in her 25-page opinion that the plaintiffs did not demonstrate that they suffered harm, the report added.

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