Court grants leave to applicant for defamation matter to proceed to full trial


Re: Hegglin v Person(s) Unknown & Anor [2014] EWHC 2808 (QB)

The applicant sought to leave to bring proceedings against Google under the Data Protection Act 1988, ss 10 and 14 seeking an injunction requiring Google to block specific sites containing defamatory statements.

Given Google is incorporated in the USA the Court had to consider the requirements for service out of the jurisdiction as set out in the CPR PD 6B, paragraph 3.1. The Court noted there was an arguable case that Google was obliged to comply with the Data Protection Act 1988 when operating as a search engine in the UK and thus granted leave to the applicant for the matter to proceed to a full trial.

Judgment delivered extempore.

Hugh Tomlinson QC was involved in this case.