Judges at the UK’s highest court will consider whether activities and prosecutions stemming from so-called “paedophile hunters” contravene the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
The convicted paedophile used the dating app Grindr to communicate to who he thought was a 13-year-old boy.
Activist groups have attracted controversy in recent years from the police.
The class-action lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the federal court in California.
The complaint says that Google “cannot continue to engage in the covert and unauthorised data collection from virtually every American with a computer or phone”.
The company claims it is not illegal and says they clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity. A spokesperson said “the collection of search history, even in private viewing mode, helps site owners “better evaluate the performance of their content, products, marketing and more.”
The charity’s research also warned of a risk of high levels of absence after schools formally reopen and that this posed a particular risk for disadvantaged pupils.
Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the EEF, said: “School closures are likely to have a devastating impact on the poorest children and young people. The attainment gap widens when children are not in school”.