Case Law, Australia: Bleyer v Google Inc, “Search results” libel action stayed as “disproportionate” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

22 08 2014

Roland BleyerIn the case of Bleyer v Google ([2014] NSWSC 897) the Supreme Court of New South Wales stayed a libel action  against Google Inc based on defamatory snippets because the resources of the court and the parties that would be expended were disproportionate to the plaintiff’s interest in obtaining vindication.  In the course of her judgment McCallum J held that Google was not the publisher of the results produced by its search engine. Read the rest of this entry »





Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more – Robin Hopkins

16 07 2014

GoogleThis is the message that now regularly greets those using Google to search for information on named individuals. It relates, of course, to the CJEU’s troublesome Google Spain judgment of 13 May 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Google lost its two recent Court cases for the same reason the one-stop shop does not work – Chris Pounder

13 07 2014

GooglePoliticians who are consumed by years in power often decide on a policy that fits their viewpoint, and then identify the “facts” to justify why this policy should be imposed on the rest of us. Mrs Thatcher’s “Poll tax” and the Mr. Blair’s “Iraqi exploits” are classic examples of this genre. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook, Google and the little people… Paul Bernal

11 07 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeigooglemagesThe last week has emphasised the sheer power and influence of the internet giants – Facebook and Google in particular. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Canada: Equustek Solutions v Jack, worldwide injunction against Google ordering removal of websites from search results – Hugh Tomlinson QC

26 06 2014

logoIn the case of Equustek Solutions Inc. v Jack (2014 BCSC 1063) the Supreme Court of British Columbia granted a remarkable interim injunction against Google Inc ordering it to stop indexing or referencing certain websites in its search results everywhere in the world.  In the course of the judgment the Judge considered a number of issues of general importance regarding orders against third parties engaged in worldwide e-commerce.  Google has indicated it will appeal. Read the rest of this entry »





If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ Judgment? – Chris Pounder

4 06 2014

Google--007Google has received all kinds of plaudits for quickly introducing its “right to be forgotten” procedure; however from what I have read in the press, its procedure for the removal of URLs is not fit for purpose. In this blog, I explain why Google’s procedure appears to be so defective. Read the rest of this entry »





Google is watching you, changes to Gmail terms give rise to privacy concerns – Dina Shiloh

29 05 2014

gmailChanges to the Google terms of service, announced recently, clarify that all incoming and outgoing emails to and from Gmail accounts are analysed by software.

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