There is broad consensus that a greater degree of regulation of online content is necessary, but the aims of the proposed new Online Safety Bill in the UK could be undermined by a lack of clarity over the way the legislation is to be implemented and enforced. Continue reading
The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision that a representative action brought against Google should not proceed (UKSC 50) is a very positive development for data controllers of all sizes. The judgment will be read closely by those interested in the wider UK class actions landscape. Continue reading
On 30 July 2021, Saini J handed down judgment on the Defendant’s strike-out application in Warren v DSG Retail Limited  EWHC 2168 (QB). His decision addresses the viability (or, more properly, the lack thereof) of breach of confidence (BoC) and misuse of private information (MPI) claims against data controllers who have suffered cyber attacks and, in so doing, provides much needed clarity on the recoverability of ATE adverse costs insurance premiums in such claims.Continue reading
When the government published its online harms white paper (OHWP) last spring we explained our view that the ideas in the white paper should represent the start of a journey towards greater regulation, rather than the final destination of that journey.
Last week the UK government published its white paper on online harms. The proposals are focused on what internet companies should do to help address what is an important and complex issue, and they should be viewed as the start of the journey rather than the destination.Continue reading