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Google Loses Bid to Block U.K. Users’ Breach-of-Privacy Lawsuit

Google Inc. lost an appellate court bid to block a U.K. lawsuit filed by a group of Internet users who say the world’s biggest search engine violated their privacy rights.

A three-judge panel said “misuse of private information should now be recognized as” causing harm or loss as it ruled the three claimants’ complaints should be heard at trial. Lawyers for the trio said in court documents that Google’s “clandestine tracking and collation” of their Internet usage through cookies was illegal under European law.