Article published – Lloyd v Google: the upshot for data class actions

The exponential growth in the volume of data being collected and shared, along with the ease and reduced costs of gathering, analysing, using and exploiting data, has resulted in a corresponding increase in data protection laws and regulations. Against that background, data class actions have been a growing phenomenon, driven in part by the interest of claimant law firms and litigation funders in this area. Read more

Supreme Court finds claim for compensation under data protection legislation cannot proceed on “opt-out basis” in high profile Lloyd v Google case

In its judgment this morning the Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal's decision in the high profile Lloyd v Google case, which would have opened the floodgates for class actions for compensation for loss of control of personal data to be brought on behalf of very large numbers of individuals without identifying class members: Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50. Read more

British Airways data class action settles

Following a stay of proceedings to pursue ADR, a number of the claims being pursued as part of the Group Litigation known as the British Airways Data Event Group Litigation (the “BA GLO”) have now been settled. We last updated on the procedural developments in this case in February 2021, when a ruling was given … Read more

Regulators collaborate to oversee digital

UK Regulators will be working more closely together in future to oversee digital markets. Concerns about tech have increased during the pandemic with a sharp increase in cyber crime and the use of data collected during the pandemic causing concern amongst citizens. Data has become a more contentious area. Read more

Consumer class actions – global perspectives

The latest edition of our Future of Consumer series looks at key areas of class action risk that businesses in the Consumer sector are facing across key jurisdictions of the UK, the US, and Australia, including: Product liability and consumer law; Supply-chain issues (with a focus on business human rights and environmental, social, and governance); … Read more

FLAG meeting: Ransomware and data class actions

Herbert Smith Freehills and the Federation Against Software Theft are delighted to invite you to our joint webinar on Wednesday 20 January 2021, where expert speakers from Herbert Smith Freehills will provide insights into the following topical issues: Ransomware: Ransomware attacks are on the increase and the impact in terms of disruption and damage to reputation … Read more

UK Telecoms (Security) Bill: Stronger cyber security controls for the UK telecoms sector with a sting in their tail

Today the UK government introduced the Telecommunications (Security) Bill (the “Bill”) to Parliament, to more heavily regulate the UK telecoms sector and improve cyber security risk management, policy and enforcement. With significant sanctions for non-compliance, this “ground breaking” Bill is expected to provide the UK with “one of the toughest telecoms security regimes in the … Read more