Mosley v Google Inc and Another: QBD 15 Jan 2015

The claimant had successfully pursued action against a newpaper’s publication of a film of him engaging in sex with prostitutes, but others had retained copies of the film on-line. He now pursued an action against the search engine to oblige them to exclude such unauthorised films from their results. The defendant accepted that it operated as a data controller but objected on the grounds that the E-Commerce directive conflicted with the Data Protection rules requiring it to have the freedom to deliver its services.
Held: The defendant’s application that the claim be struck out failed. It could not be said that it had no prospect of success.

Mitting J
[2015] EWHC 59 (QB), [2015] EMLR 11
Data Protection Act 1998 10 13 14, Directive 2000/31/EC
England and Wales
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Updated: 31 October 2021; Ref: scu.542202