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Anonymous litigant-in-person ordered to reveal his identity

In media litigation, it is not uncommon for a claimant to be anonymised (this is particularly the case in proceedings for breach of confidence and/or misuse of private information), but what is remarkable about the case of ABC v Google Inc. [2018] EWHC 137 (QB) is that the claimant has managed to conceal his identity from…

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NT1 and NT2 v Google Inc: How to seek the delisting of search engine results following the first English decision on the “right to be forgotten”

The much-anticipated decision in NT 1 & NT 2 v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 799 (QB) was handed down on 13 April 2018.  The joint judgment in two separate claims against Google, is the first time the English courts have had to rule on the application of the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle following the…

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Appeal in Google v Vidal-Hall withdrawn

Google has withdrawn its appeal to the Supreme Court in  Vidal-Hall v Google Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 311.  Therefore the landmark Court of Appeal decision, discussed here on this blog, that damages can be awarded under the Data Protection Act 1998 for distress and anxiety, even if no financial loss suffered, will stand as good law. Google had been seeking…

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ICO serves first 'right to be forgotten' enforcement notice on Google

The Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) has served an enforcement notice on Google Inc requiring it to delist nine specific search engine results within 35 days.  This is understood to be the first formal enforcement notice served by the UK regulator on the US online giant in relation to a ‘right to be forgotten’ request. The anonymous complainant originally requested that…

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ICO may take action against Google over 'right to be forgotten'

The Deputy Information Commissioner, David Smith, has indicated that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) may take legal action against Google over its handling of ‘right to be forgotten’ requests.   The Article 29 Working Party has also criticised Google for notifying media outlets when URLs from their sites are going to be filtered and for failing…

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Court of Appeal greenlights Data Protection Act claims for distress where no other loss

The Court of Appeal has handed down a landmark judgment in Vidal-Hall v Google Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 311 – a decision eagerly awaited by media and Data Protection practitioners. The Claimants in the action are a group of individuals who use the ‘Safari’ web browser. They claim that between Summer 2011 and February 2012…

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Iain Wilson interviewed by the British Medical Journal on the impact of the right to be forgotten

Brett Wilson LLP Partner Iain Wilson speaks to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) about the ‘right to be forgotten’ and its relevance to doctors and other medical practitioners. A copy of the article can be found here.

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The High Court grants permission for Google to be served with data protection claim outside of the jurisdiction

Mr Justice Bean sitting at the High Court of Justice has given permission for Google to be served with a claim form outside of the jurisdiction.  The claim, brought by Mr Daniel Hegglin, relates to anonymous abusive and defamatory postings concerning him on the world wide web.  When the claimant’s name was typed into the Google search…

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Iain Wilson interviewed by the New York Times on the impact of the Google 'right to be forgotten' ruling

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson has been interviewed by the New York Times about the fallout from the decision in the ECJ case of Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos (AEPD) and Mario Costeja Gonzalez and the response of reputation management companies A copy of the online article…

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Google says that it will remove search engine results following ECJ judgment

Further to the ruling of the European Court of Justice on 13 May 2014 in Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos (AEPD) and Mario Costeja Gonzalez (Case C-131/12) (see our article here for more information), Google has announced that it will implement a procedure to filter out irrelevant and outdated search engine…

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