Is the Era of “Permissionless Innovation” and Avoidance of Regulation on the Internet Finally Over? It’s High Time – Hugh Stephens

16 05 2018

It would be the ultimate under-statement to say that recent events concerning the appalling breaches of privacy permitted and indeed orchestrated by Facebook have raised public awareness to new heights over what happens when internet intermediaries are allowed to do just about whatever they want. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation take-down requests to Google – Max Campbell

12 05 2018

The right to be forgotten has been in the news again recently following the decision in NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 799 (QB) (read our blog on that decision here), but Google will often voluntarily remove content from its search engine results on a variety of other grounds, including that the content is defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »





Is it time to regulate targeted ads and the web giants that profit from them? – David Glance

24 04 2018

File 20180419 163986 1h3lgye.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1In the wake of Facebook’s massive breach of personal data of 87 million users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from US politicians over two days of congressional hearings. These questions mostly focussed on the tight link between Facebook’s business model of selling targeted personalised advertising and its need to capture, and exploit, large amounts of personal information from its users. Read the rest of this entry »





News: High Court orders “delisting” by Google in “right to be forgotten” case

13 04 2018

In a judgment handed down at the High Court today, Mr Justice Warby has ordered Google LLC to delist eleven URLs referring to a spent conviction of a businessman known as NT2. The claim brought by the other claimant, NT1.  A joint public judgment was given in both cases ([2018] EWHC 799 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





‘Big Tech’ isn’t one big monopoly: it’s 5 companies all in different businesses – Amanda Lotz

1 04 2018

File 20180323 54898 1dnsu0o.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Public concern about Facebook’s power in society – and in politics – has skyrocketed in the wake of revelations that users’ data was analyzed by a U.K.-based marketing firm and used to construct highly targeted political propaganda in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ABC v Google Inc, Some procedural reminders for those seeking to enforce “the right to delist”

4 02 2018

The judgment in ABC v Google Inc ([2018] EWHC 137 (QB)),  handed down on 1 February 2018, provides some useful procedural reminders for individuals seeking to the Courts to enforce the “right to delist” (otherwise known as the “right to be forgotten”) against Google. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Google in Colombia, Constitutional Court orders deletion of defamatory Blogger material

27 10 2017

The latest episode in the Google litigation story has been written by the Colombian Constitutional Court. In the case of Fierro Calcedo v Google Inc (Judgment T-063A/17, in Spanish) that court ordered Google Inc, as the owner of “Blogger.com” to delete a blog which anonymously alleged that the claimant was guilty of fraud.  Read the rest of this entry »