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S10E04: Lloyd v Google // Ian De Freitas

Ian De Freitas

Ian De Freitas joins us to discuss legal issues involving data, intellectual property and technology. We dive into cases such as Lloyd vs Google and Project Red Card.

Ian is a litigation and Compliance lawyer with over 30 years' experience. He deals with a wide range of disputes and investigations, but with particular specialisations on data, intellectual property, and technology issues. Ian leads Farrer & Co's Data, IP and Tech Disputes team. He assists clients in responding to breaches of data protection laws and regulations and follow-on litigation and advises on compliance issues in this area. His work is often cross-border, particularly for clients based in the USA and recognised as one of the leading litigators in the UK in the Lawyer Hot 100 in 2011 for his work in helping a client to recover a vast amount of information unlawfully taken from their computers. This case went all the way to the Court of Appeal. Past President of the IP Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats, an international organisation of lawyers, and a Member of ITech Law.

Recently, many legal cases have involved the misuse of personal data in the UK. For example, in November 2021, the UK's Supreme Court rejected a claim seeking billions of pounds in damages from Google over alleged illegal tracking of millions of iPhones. Footballers have also threatened legal action over unlawful use of personal information and performance statistics.

Ian goes into more detail about cases in the episode, including what the Lloyd v Google case means for other Big Tech companies and what legislation is needed. Interestingly, Ian explains that law has not been able to keep up with technological change – instead, lawyers have been taking old rules and applying them. As a result, once specialised legislation comes in, it is outdated due to fast innovation.

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