Monday 8th October, 2018, London
After a disappointing outcome in the court today, Google You Owe Us announced that it will seek permission to appeal the judgment that ruled against the group litigation.
Today’s judgment found that Google’s actions were arguably “wrongful, and a breach of duty”. However, the judge took the view that because each class member may not have been affected in precisely the same way the case could not proceed.
Mr Justice Warby, also suggested that none of those affected in the data breach had shown “any interest in the case”. In fact, 20,000 people had signed up to the Google You Owe Us website – with 10,000 in the first week alone.
Richard Lloyd, the representative claimant said on the matter:
“Today’s judgment is extremely disappointing and effectively leaves millions of people without any practical way to seek redress and compensation when their personal data has been misused.
Google’s business model is based on using personal data to target adverts to consumers and they must ask permission before using this data. The court accepted that people did not give permission in this case yet slammed the door shut on holding Google to account.
People are only now beginning to realise the implications of losing control of their personal data in this way. Closing this route to redress puts consumers in the UK at risk and sends a signal to the world’s largest tech companies that they can continue to get away with treating our information irresponsibly.
This is an analogue decision in a digital age. There now seems no alternative but for the government to fill this gap by legislating to give groups of consumers the right to affordable collective redress.”