High Court dismisses nameless Google Right To Be Forgotten sueball man... yes, again

Amazingly made it to 2 years without telling anyone his name

The High Court of Justice in London yesterday dismissed another attempt by an unnamed man, who refuses to identify himself to the UK courts, to take his Right To Be Forgotten legal action to the Court of Appeal.

The individual, a litigant in person who is only known to court staff and judges as ABC, had asked that a post on squaremilenews.blogspot.com be removed from Google search results because it allegedly refers to a spent criminal conviction he had picked up in the past.

ABC describes himself as an entrepreneur currently involved in business, investment and civil society ventures in the UK and overseas.

He alleges that the continued publication by Google of the materials complained about has prevented him from pursuing his ventures, causing him and his businesses to suffer substantial loss of earnings.

He has already had two attempts to take it to the Court of Appeal in London denied by a senior British judge.

"This is an extraordinary case in that (despite the claim having been issued on 22 December 2017) the identity of Mr ABC (the Claimant) remains unknown to both the Defendant and the Court," said High Court judge Mr Justice Saini.

On 4 November in the same court, ABC had his application for relief from an earlier order from Mr Justice Nicklin dismissed by Mr Justice Saini after he failed to turn up in court.

Mr Justice Saini said in today's judgment that the procedural history of this claim shows "in my judgment, that the claimant's approach to the court's orders and directions might fairly be described as abusive".

"It is obvious that basic common law fair trial requirements require a defendant to know who it is being sued by," he said.

"During the two-year period since the claim was issued, the claimant has brought numerous unsuccessful applications and an appeal in order to avoid complying with a clear order of Master Yoxall dated 4 December 2017, which simply require the claimant to identify himself and his address to the defendant.

"The material before me also shows that a number of judges have explained to the claimant that these basic requirements are necessary for the proper conduct of the claimant's claims, which include claims for libel and alleged breaches of data protection legislation.

"Regrettably, the claimant simply refuses to accept this. He has adopted an approach which means that, to date, the claim has not progressed at all. Instead, through unwise and misconceived applications, the Claimant has wasted substantial amounts of court time (involving over, I understand, 10 Judges or Masters). He has also clearly caused significant costs to be incurred by the defendant."

In conclusion, Justice Saini said: "I agree with the defendant that not only should the application be dismissed, but I will also certify it as totally without merit." ®


"Totally without merit" (TWM) basically means "bound to fail" and means the applicant is not entitled to an oral renewal hearing. The judge added that he'd given ABC seven days to make submissions, but that he had not done so. The Court of Appeal clarified in Wasif and another v Secretary of State for the Home Department in 2016 that while an applicant has no right of appeal against a TWM certification, he or she can still seek permission to appeal against the refusal.

Similar topics

Broader topics

Other stories you might like

  • Millions of people's info stolen from MGM Resorts dumped on Telegram for free
    Meanwhile, Twitter coughs up $150m after using account security contact details for advertising

    Miscreants have dumped on Telegram more than 142 million customer records stolen from MGM Resorts, exposing names, postal and email addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth for any would-be identity thief.

    The vpnMentor research team stumbled upon the files, which totaled 8.7 GB of data, on the messaging platform earlier this week, and noted that they "assume at least 30 million people had some of their data leaked." MGM Resorts, a hotel and casino chain, did not respond to The Register's request for comment.

    The researchers reckon this information is linked to the theft of millions of guest records, which included the details of Twitter's Jack Dorsey and pop star Justin Bieber, from MGM Resorts in 2019 that was subsequently distributed via underground forums.

    Continue reading
  • DuckDuckGo tries to explain why its browsers won't block some Microsoft web trackers
    Meanwhile, Tails 5.0 users told to stop what they're doing over Firefox flaw

    DuckDuckGo promises privacy to users of its Android, iOS browsers, and macOS browsers – yet it allows certain data to flow from third-party websites to Microsoft-owned services.

    Security researcher Zach Edwards recently conducted an audit of DuckDuckGo's mobile browsers and found that, contrary to expectations, they do not block Meta's Workplace domain, for example, from sending information to Microsoft's Bing and LinkedIn domains.

    Specifically, DuckDuckGo's software didn't stop Microsoft's trackers on the Workplace page from blabbing information about the user to Bing and LinkedIn for tailored advertising purposes. Other trackers, such as Google's, are blocked.

    Continue reading
  • Despite 'key' partnership with AWS, Meta taps up Microsoft Azure for AI work
    Someone got Zuck'd

    Meta’s AI business unit set up shop in Microsoft Azure this week and announced a strategic partnership it says will advance PyTorch development on the public cloud.

    The deal [PDF] will see Mark Zuckerberg’s umbrella company deploy machine-learning workloads on thousands of Nvidia GPUs running in Azure. While a win for Microsoft, the partnership calls in to question just how strong Meta’s commitment to Amazon Web Services (AWS) really is.

    Back in those long-gone days of December, Meta named AWS as its “key long-term strategic cloud provider." As part of that, Meta promised that if it bought any companies that used AWS, it would continue to support their use of Amazon's cloud, rather than force them off into its own private datacenters. The pact also included a vow to expand Meta’s consumption of Amazon’s cloud-based compute, storage, database, and security services.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022