Why Google is now so fundamental to Professional Reputation – Digitalis

23 06 2015

google-sign-9-e1358333567693We all use search engines on a daily basis and Google et al appear to be coming under increasing fire from all sides in terms of the content they return in their listings for people and businesses. Libel claimants assume the world has seen the defamatory accusations of their opponents online, often through Google, but quantifying the impact – generically or specifically – has often been difficult. Read the rest of this entry »





Mosley v Google, RIP – Anya Proops

4 06 2015

GoogleSo Max Mosley has done a deal with Google in respect of his claim that Google had breached his rights under the DPA 1998 by refusing to block certain images and videos accessible via the Google search engine (see this FT article which suggests that the settlement also applies to claims brought by Mr Mosley in Germany and France). Read the rest of this entry »





Google: a data controller as well as an intermediary service provider? Does this make sense? Who cares? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

5 04 2015

GoogleSo everyone knows it, Google is polymorphous. It has experienced many different forms: mere facilitator, publisher, hosting provider, caching provider… The latest legal label stuck on its mutant forehead is that of “data controller” and this has been done quite “noisily” by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in its Google Spain “Costeja” judgment of 13 May 2014 (at least by listening to the numerous reactions that this judgement has triggered). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Vidal-Hall v Google, Distress damages can be awarded under s 13 DPA without pecuniary loss (and misuse of private information is a tort) – Lorna Skinner

31 03 2015

igooglemagesIn Vidal-Hall v, Google Inc ([2015] EWCA Civ 311) the Court of Appeal dismissed Google’s appeal from the decision of Tugendhat J in which he declined to declare that the English court did not have jurisdiction to hear data protection and misuse of private information claims brought against it. Read the rest of this entry »





Spain: The Right to Be Forgotten Does Not Apply to Google’s “Blogger” platform – Miguel Peguera

29 03 2015

BloggerIn a recently reported ruling, the Spanish National High Court held that Google is not responsible for the processing of personal data on blog hosted on Google’s owned Blogger, and therefore, that the so called “right to be forgotten” established by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Google Spain case does not extend to a blogging platform. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Mosley v Google Inc, Data Protection claim against Google to go to trial – Lorna Skinner

23 01 2015

google-logoOn 15 January 2015 Mr Justice Mitting gave judgment in only the second English data protection case against Google after the decision in Google Spain.  In Mosley v. Google ([2015] EWHC 59 (QB)), the Court dismissed an application brought by Google to strike out a claim brought by Mr Mosley under sections 10, 13 and 14 of the Data Protection Act 1998, holding at [55] that it was “a viable claim which raises questions of general public interest, which ought to proceed to trial”. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law Review of the Year, 2014: Part 1: The Cases – defamation, privacy and Google

29 12 2014

year-in-review-2014-image The last year was, again, a relatively quiet one in the English media law courts, with the predicted flood of litigation seeking to work out the meaning of the newly in force Defamation Act 2013 failing to materialise and privacy activity continuing at a relatively low level. Read the rest of this entry »








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