On October 2, 2019, the UK Court of Appeal handed down its judgment on the appeal in Richard Lloyd v. Google LLC, in which Richard Lloyd, a consumer protection advocate, seeks to bring a representative action on behalf of four million Apple iPhone users against Google LLC in the United States. Previously, the High Court had refused to grant permission for the proceedings to be served outside the UK. The Court of Appeal reversed the High Court’s judgment, granting permission for service outside the UK and allowing the representative action to proceed. The judgment is significant as it paves the way for representative actions (equivalent to class actions) for data protection infringements in the UK.

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On September 24, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union released its judgments in cases C-507/17, Google v. CNIL and C-136/17, G.C. and Others v. CNIL regarding (1) the territorial scope of the right to be forgotten, and (2) the conditions in which individuals may exercise the right to be forgotten in relation to links to web pages containing sensitive data.
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On September 18, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party announced its decision to establish a common approach to the right to be forgotten, a tool-box to be used by all EU data protection authorities to help address complaints from search engine users whose requests to delete search result links containing their personal data were refused by the search engines. The development of the tool-box follows the Working Party’s June 2014 meeting discussing the consequences of the European Court of Justice’s judgment in Costeja of May 13, 2014.
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On September 4, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Google Inc. (“Google”) stemming from allegations that the company unfairly billed consumers for mobile app charges incurred by children. The FTC’s complaint alleges that since 2011, Google violated the FTC Act’s prohibition on unfair commercial practices by billing consumers for in-app charges made by children without the authorization of the account holder.
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