Google has argued that the appropriate jurisdiction was the US legal system, where a similar case had already been rejected. Mr Justice Tugendhat at London’s High Court today rejected that argument, stating that he was satisfied there was a case to answer and that it should be heard in the UK.
I am satisfied that there is a serious issue to be tried in each of the claimant’s claims for misuse of private information.
The claimants have clearly established that this jurisdiction is the appropriate one in which to try each of the above claims.
Although Google was denied the right to appeal the ruling, it has said that it intends to attempt an appeal regardless.
We still don’t think that this case meets the standards required in the UK for it to go to trial, and we’ll be appealing today’s ruling.
In the U.S., the company was fined $22.5M by the FTC last July over the infringement of privacy.