Disputes

Lloyd v Google: the interveners

While privacy activists and large data holders mostly adopted predictable positions in the landmark Lloyd v Google appeal, one set of interveners made novel arguments that the claimant’s position on the control of relevant data was vague “to the point of being meaningless”.

18 May 2021

ECJ to hear new non-material GDPR damage reference

Austria’s Supreme Court has sent key questions about the availability of GDPR non-material damages to the European Court of Justice – months after Germany’s constitutional court ordered a lower court to make a similar EU reference.

13 May 2021

Tycoon files GDPR-related action in US federal court

An ENRC-linked international businessman has said in US court filings that he plans to sue the owner of a risk database for allegedly reporting inaccurate information that connects him to a corruption probe in France.

11 May 2021

US court approves “modest” Facebook data breach deal

A San Francisco federal judge has approved a non-monetary settlement between plaintiffs and Facebook over a 2018 data breach, but said the fees sought by class counsel are too steep for such a “modest” settlement.

10 May 2021

Contact-tracing breach victims sue Pennsylvania health department

The government department and contractor managing Pennsylvania’s covid-19 contact-tracing programme have been sued after disclosing a data breach that exposed around 70,000 residents’ sensitive information.

07 May 2021

Clearview ramps up BIPA defence

With plaintiffs pushing for an injunction that would halt much of Clearview AI’s business in Illinois, the facial recognition firm has told a Chicago federal judge that its activities in no way violate the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.

06 May 2021

UK Supreme Court scrutinises Google class action claimant arguments

Top judges have appeared sceptical that claimants can recover damages if Google breached data protection laws by causing them to lose control of their data.

29 April 2021

ICO: Lloyd v Google will affect investigations

The Information Commissioner’s Office has said the Lloyd v Google outcome could harm the regulator’s enforcement powers – with its counsel confirming that the ICO chose not to enforce against Google over the Safari Workaround.

29 April 2021

Google: no Safari Workaround damages or class action possible

Google has taken its fight against a groundbreaking UK class action to the UK’s highest court, slamming a lower court’s decision to allow the case to go ahead as an opt-out class action and its conclusion that individuals could recover damages over a mere loss of control of their personal data.

28 April 2021

Google sued over contact-tracing programme

Two Californians have initiated a class action lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of building a covid-19 contact-tracing system that leaves consumer data publicly exposed.

28 April 2021

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