(Google) Knowledge is Power – Emmanuel Apraku

23 02 2014

google-knowledge-graphWhen you carry out a Google search on a company or brand you might have started to wonder – what is this new right-hand side bar that is appearing on Google? Welcome to Google’s Knowledge Graph. Read the rest of this entry »





News, France: Conseil d’État rejects application by Google for stay of data protection decision

11 02 2014

Google-5By an order made on 7 February 2014, the Conseil d’État rejected application for a stay of a decision by the French information commissioner, CNIL, imposing a fine of €150,000 for a violation of privacy law on Google and ordering it to post a notice of the fine for 48 hours on its home page. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the Internet – David Rolph

8 02 2014

gazetteA recent UK High Court decision determined that the misuse of private information is a tort … Sydney media law academic Dr David Rolph looks at the ramifications for the development of a privacy law in Australia Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Hamburg District Court: Max Mosley v Google Inc, Google go down (again, this time:) in Hamburg – Dominic Crossley

5 02 2014

Google-Image-SearchFresh from the November 2013 judgment against Google in Paris Max Mosley has had further success this time in the District Court of Hamburg.  The case strikes another blow at Google’s continued resistance to the idea that it should play its part in preventing unlawful images from being published by way of image search results. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Vidal-Hall v Google, New Year, new tort of misuse of private information – Dominic Ruck Keene

27 01 2014

google-sign-9 A group of UK Google users called ‘Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking’ have claimed that the tracking and collation of information about of their internet usage by Google amounts to misuse of personal information, and a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.  In this judgment (Vidal Hall and Ors v Google Inc [2014] EWHC 13 (QB)) the Judge confirmed that misuse of personal information was a distinct tort. He also held that the English courts had jurisdiction to try the claims.  Read the rest of this entry »





The Google/Safari users case: a potential revolution in DPA litigation? – Robin Hopkins

17 01 2014

Google--007Mr Justice Tugendhat yesterday gave judgment in the case of Vidal-Hall and Others v Google Inc [2014] EWHC 13 (QB).   A group of claimants complained about Google’s tracking and collating information relating to their internet usage on the Apple Safari browser without their consent. Read the rest of this entry »





Google go down in Paris: how did it come to this? – Dominic Crossley

13 11 2013

Google-logoLet’s get the declarations out of the way from the outset.  I act for Max Mosley and acted for him in his successful case against the News of the World in 2008. Furthermore I have worked with him across a huge number of jurisdictions to address online publications of the images taken from the News of the World website and immediately disseminated across the world.  Read the rest of this entry »





“Constitute”: the new website digitizing the world’s constitutions

30 09 2013

constituteGoogle Ideas has supported the Comparative Constitutions Project to build a new website, Constitute.  This is a new site that digitizes and makes searchable the world’s constitutions. Constitute enables readers to browse and search constitutions via curated and tagged topics, as well as by country and year. The Comparative Constitutions Project has cataloged and tagged nearly 350 themes. Read the rest of this entry »





There is no right ‘to be forgotten’ by internet search engines – Rosalind English

4 07 2013

google-sign-9-e1358333567693Case C-131/12: Google Spain SL & Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) & Mario Costeja González –  Opinion of AG Jääskinen. This reference to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) concerned the application of the 1995 Data Protection Directive  to the operation of internet search engines. Read the rest of this entry »





Google’s brave new world – Dina Shiloh

30 05 2013

0514-google-street-view-car_full_600In April 2013, Google was fined by the German data regulator £125,000 for recording and storing data illegally from homes using unsecured Wi-Fi networks. The information was collected by Google whilst it was gathering material for its Streetview project.  The Hamburg data regulator Johannes Caspar was clear:  “In my opinion, this case constitutes one of the biggest known data violations in history” he said.  Read the rest of this entry »








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