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Trouble As Google Is Accused Of Stealing Data Of Five Million Users

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There is serious trouble for tech giant, Google as it has been accused of stealing data belonging to five million users.

A consumer activist launched Thursday a lawsuit accusing Google of illegally collecting data on more than five million British iPhone users, who could possibly see a payout reaching into the hundreds of millions, AFP has revealed.
According to a campaign group dubbed ‘Google You Owe us’, the tech giant is alleged to have unlawfully placed cookies on mobile phones between 2011 and 2012.
“Through this action, we will send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we’re not afraid to fight back if our laws are broken,” said Richard Lloyd, who is spearheading the legal action.
A former government adviser and executive director of consumer rights group Which?, Lloyd says he has “rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own”.
Google is thought to have bypassed the default privacy settings of Apple’s Safari internet browser using a technique dubbed ‘the Safari Workaround’, planting cookies into phones before selling the information they collect to advertising network ‘DoubleClick Service’.
A cookie is a small file stored in a phone or computer which allows for the tracking of an individual’s browsing activity, information which is valuable to advertisers as it allows them to better target ads to interested consumers.
EU directives require consumers to be asked for consent before cookies are installed on their devices and used to transfer their data.
Google however denies that it acted illegally, saying it has defended similar cases in the past.
“We don’t believe it has any merit and we will contest it,” a Google spokeswoman commented on the case.
The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of roughly 5.4 million iPhone users who were resident in England and Wales at the time and could have been affected.Google You Owe Us said the case is being financed to the tune of £15.5 million ($20.9 million, 17.6 million euros) by Therium, an outfit which funds litigation efforts in exchange for a share of any award.

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God, pls help Nigeria” – Wizkid Tweets after Buhari’s speech

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God, pls help Nigeria” – Wizkid Tweets after Buhari’s speech

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, finally addressed the nation following the unrest that has happened in the country these past few days.

The President had a lot to say but some Nigerians were not satisfied with the speech and they took to social media to share their thoughts.

Popular singer, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun was one of these Nigerians and shortly after the speech, he wrote on Twitter ;

Sigh! God pls help Nigeria

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‘Waste of 12 minutes’- Nigerians react to Buhari’s national broadcast

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Media users have reacted after President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation.

The address took place at 7pm on Thursday, October 22. Two days after End SARS protesters were shot at the Lekki toll gate. The shootings degenerated into chaos.

While speaking to Nigerians today, the president stated that Nigerians “misconstrued” the “promptness” with which the government acted on the End SARS demands “as a sign of weakness”

He added that “human lives have been lost” and properties have been destroyed “in the name of the End SARS protests.”

He then listed the “measures and initiatives” the government has put in place for “youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society.”

He then called on youths “to discontinue the street protests.”

After Buhari’s speech, Nigerians took to Twitter to express despair and disappointment. Some pointed out that he didn’t address the Lekki shooting and the lives lost. Most said they have no more hope in Nigeria and expressed eagerness to leave the county.

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Maza Maza warehouse: Distribution of COVID-19 palliatives was halted due to #EndSARS protest – Lagos govt

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Maza Maza warehouse: Distribution of COVID-19 palliatives was halted due to #EndSARS protest - Lagos govt

The Lagos State Government has condemned the vandalisation of the warehouse at Mazamaza housing the food palliative packages donated to the government by the Private Sector Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) group.

Recall that a mob on Thursday, October 22, vandalised the warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives are kept at Maza Maza in Amuwo Odofin Local Govt Area and looted palliatives. The warehouse is located on Benster Crescent, popularly known as Monkey village.

A statement signed by the Acting Commissioner, Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said the items belong to the Southwest, contrary to social media reports that they are all for Lagos, adding that distribution was on-going but had to be halted due to #EndSARS protests.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on September 22nd 2020, formally taken receipt of the food palliatives from the CACOVID team meant for distribution to the indigent,” the statement reads.

The State had repackaged its share of the consignment and was distributing it before the protests that have affected activities in the State. The repackaging was being done to account for every beneficiary, according to the agreement with the CACOVID Group, which monitored the process,”

“The warehouse in question is not State-owned and its usage was made available to the CACOVID group. The distribution was on-going but had to be halted due to protests, before the invasion of the warehouse today.

“For effective distribution of the food palliatives, groups such as Transport Unions, Ethnic Groups, Religious Associations, Artisans and Tradesmen Association, Marketmen and Women Association, People Living with Disabilities, Orphanages and Old Peoples’ Homes among others were being used as the distribution channels to their members.

“The State Government, however, regrets the invasion of the warehouse and appreciates the support offered by the CACOVID group to the citizenry of Lagos.”

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