Google, Data Protection and de-indexing: the misconceived attempt to exempt Google.com

23 10 2014

GoogleGoogle has recently confirmed that it is refusing to extend its “de-indexing” procedures following the Google Spain decision to Google.com.  This position is legally indefensible and is likely to be challenged in an EU court in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »





The right be forgotten roadshow and the power of Google – Paul Bernal

21 09 2014

igooglemagesI read with interest Professor Luciano Floridi’s report from the first two legs of what the Guardian described as ‘Google’s privacy ethics tour of Europe’. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, and one of the experts appointed by Google to its ‘Advisory Council’ on the right to be forgotten. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »








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