Meta: Cracking the door open for data-related class actions?

January 27, 2022

The announcement on 14 January 2022 of a proposed competition collective action against Meta (formerly Facebook) is the latest in a number of collective actions against the tech giants, including Apple and Google, and is of particular interest owing to the subject matter – namely data collection practices.  It marks the first foray of competition collective actions into the area of data privacy and coincides with the Supreme Court’s decision in Lloyd v Google which appears to limit the scope for collective data privacy claims under the CPR 19.6 representative action mechanism.  In this article, we look at the expansion of the competition collective proceedings regime and consider the risk that this presents to businesses in the form of collective actions relating to the use (or alleged misuse) of data.

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