A couple of weeks ago we reported on an important case where a British judge ruled that Google can be sued in the UK over an alleged breach of privacy. As we pointed out at the time, this could have implications for future cases, but a post by Andres Guadamuz on his Technollama blog notes that this is also big news in the rarefied legal world of torts, a concept which Cornell University's Legal Information Institute explains as follows:
Torts are civil wrongs recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit. These wrongs result in an injury or harm constituting the basis for a claim by the injured party. While some torts are also crimes punishable with imprisonment, the primary aim of tort law is to provide relief for the damages incurred and deter others from committing the same harms. The injured person may sue for an injunction to prevent the continuation of the tortious conduct or for monetary damages. As Guadamuz explains:
the judge had to consider whether misuse of private information, breach of confidence and breach of [Data Protection Act] statutory duties amount to a claim in tort. That's because only then could...