Landmark Decision: Court Of Appeal Allows UK Trial Against Google

Wake Smith Solicitors 15 April 2015

In a landmark decision in the Court of Appeal three individuals have been allowed to continue with a test case against Google. This case could well open the way to consumers being able to sue Google and others in the UK, where their behavioural data is collected. It may have far reaching consequences for online advertisers and data collectors generally. The case relates to using the Apple Safari browser which it is alleged Google bypassed in terms of "cookie blocking". The allegation centres on the "Safari workaround" whereby it is alleged that the security settings can be circumvented to track Safari users' online behaviour and to store private information (Browser Generated Information (BGI)) without knowledge or consent. Some very interesting rulings were made by the Court of Appeal regarding the legal approach to misuse of private information, and whether the DPA can be used to bring claims of this kind and compensation for breach of DPA. Google very strenuously defended this use of English law and procedure and have so far lost the battle in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal. (Google Inc. v. Judith Vidal-Hall). For further information please contact Holly Dobson on 0114 266 6660 or at [email protected]




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