Google Deepmind data action ‘dropped’

The UK data protection collective action against Google and its DeepMind subsidiary has been discontinued in its current form, according to reports. Group representative Andrew Prismall and Mishcon de Reya have withdrawn their action for data privacy breaches which was on behalf of a 1.6 million-strong class whose confidential data was shared in breach of data protection law. The withdrawal of the case is likely influenced by the failure of advertising cookies case Lloyd v Google, which was rejected by the Supreme Court in November last year. More from ICLG.

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LCM backs class action against Google and DeepMind Technologies

LCM is backing a new representative action in the UK being brought by Mishcon de Reya on behalf of up to 1.6 million individuals against Google and DeepMind Technologies for the unlawful use of patients’ confidential medical records. The claim arises out of an arrangement formed in 2015 between Google and DeepMind and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. The tech companies obtained and used a substantial number of confidential and private medical records without patients’ knowledge or consent.

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Data breaches: Two major representative actions discontinued in wake of Google ruling

Two major representative actions over alleged data breaches have been discontinued in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Lloyd v Google. The YouTube data breach claim that sought damages of up to £2.5bn, was one of the cases discontinued, and was advised by Hausfeld and backed by funder Vannin Capital. The other case discontinued was one brought by Mishcon de Reya on behalf of approximately 1.6 million people whose confidential medical records were obtained by Google and DeepMind Technologies in breach of data protection laws.

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Global Class Actions Symposium: A market on the rise

Andrew Mizner of ICLG shares highlights from the 2021 edition of the Global Class Actions Symposium. Third-party funding is “changing the market significantly”, opening a wider range of cases, explained Chris Warren-Smith, a London partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, in particular for securities and tax claims. We are starting to see a lot more types of actions funded,” he continued, describing funders as sophisticated operators, making “a very intelligent deployment of capital”.

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