A judgment handed down today by the English High Court will be welcomed by UK data controllers. Lloyd v Google  EWHC 2599 represents a corollary to recent case law expanding the circumstances in which litigation may be brought in relation to breaches of data protection legislation.
Most notably, the case:
- reinforces the need for “damage” to be proven by claimants before compensation can be obtained in these circumstances; and
- makes clear that the courts will not permit representative claims to be brought on behalf of a potentially large population of claimants without close scrutiny of the basis of those