back to article Ex-Which? bod's £3bn Safari sueball has second shot at Google over UK data laws

The man who tried and failed to run a not-a-data-protection-class-action-honest-guv lawsuit against Google in England's High Court is having another crack at it in the Court of Appeal. Richard Lloyd, a one-time director of consumer rights org Which?, is appealing against the High Court's judgment from last year which halted …

  1. JimmyPage
    Flame

    But the judges were right ?

    When was the last time anyone actually got any money as a result of a data protection breach ?

    Loads of fines, yes. But not a penny to a victim.

    1. Blockchain commentard

      Re: But the judges were right ?

      The lawyers always get paid. £1.5 billion for Therium, on behalf of us, and £1.5 billion for the lawyers. Everyone wins. As long as you're a lawyer.

    2. chivo243 Silver badge

      Re: But the judges were right ?

      I actually wonder where the money goes, what it actually funds? Which branch of the gov't gets the money, and how does it dole it out? This information would far more interesting than why the fine was levied.

      1. doublelayer Silver badge

        Re: But the judges were right ?

        That depends what money we're talking about. In settlements or fines as a result of a trial, it goes to the plaintiffs in court. Usually, that means 85% lawyers, 5% the person who brought the trial, and 10% sort of tried to be distributed to people but it doesn't really happen. The other option is 80% lawyers and 20% random charities the lawyers (and sometimes the lawyers for the other side) pick, and nothing to the users, even the one who brought the trial. If it's a fine from the government, the money is put into the general big bank account for the whole government, but not necessarily added to anyone's budget until the next budget is passed. After that, it just becomes more general purpose money as far as the government is concerned. Sometimes, the government uses the occasion of a big settlement to announce they will be spending some of that money on a program to do something sort of related to the settlement, but it doesn't mean they'll be using all the money for that purpose. As long as the money is removed from the company, the people removing it figure they've done what they intended to in as much as penalizing the company.

    3. Cynical Pie

      Re: But the judges were right ?

      That's up to the victims to take the matter to court, the remedies are there but the onus is on the individual.

    4. Trigonoceps occipitalis

      Re: But the judges were right ?

      There are several cases on http://pepipoo.com/ where data breach payouts have apparently been made by UK private parking businesses. Look in the forums.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Google will do anything it can get away with to slurp, slurp

    your data. life into their databanks.

    They are the epitomy of EVIL. Pure unadulterated EVIL.

    just like Facebook and a few others.

    Just say no to using anything with their name on it. Don't forget to block that 300+ domains that they use to snaffle data. your life

  3. ratfox
    Paris Hilton

    a salary of £50k "for up to four years" to act as public frontman for the lawsuit

    Seriously? That's a nice salary for acting as placeholder while the lawyers talk. I'd have done it for much less.

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge
      Gimp

      I would do quite a lot for less. No, you really do not want to know what...

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