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Max Mosley sues Google over sex party photos


By John Glenday | Reporter

July 30, 2014 | 2 min read

Ex-F1 mogul Max Mosley is suing Google in a bid to have a series of snaps showing him at a sex party removed from the internet.

Citing misuse of private information and contravention of the Data Protection Act Mosley is seeking to toughen up UK online privacy enforcement.

The legal action follows a 2008 court enforcing order made against the now defunct News of the World tabloid, which described the incident as a ‘sick Nazi orgy’. Mosley, youngest son of Sir Oswald Mosley, former leader of the British Union of Fascists, successfully argued that the five-hour sadomasochistic sex session with prostitutes in a Chelsea flat had no Nazi overtones and the expose had been an invasion of privacy.

In a statement dispute resolution experts at Payne Hicks Beach said the case related to: “… the ability of individuals within the UK to enforce their rights against the large corporations that control access to the internet. It seeks to compel Google to stop gathering and publishing images that the English high court decided in 2008 were unlawful in the landmark privacy case Mosley v News Group Newspapers."

Mosley himself added: "Adherence to the rule of law is essential to any society. This must include compliance with the decisions of the courts. As the gateway to the internet, Google makes enormous profits and has great influence, so I have not taken this action lightly. But Google should operate within the law rather than according to rules it makes itself. It cannot be allowed to ignore judgments in our courts."

The move from Mosley is the latest in a long-running legal wrangle with Google over the images, and is connected to the controversial 'right to be forgotter' EU ruling.

Mosley wants Google to create a filter on its search engine to prevent material from appearing on search listings, but Google says it would amount to censorship of the internet.

Meanwhile, as the row over the right to be forgotten continues, a House of Lords committee has declared the policy "unworkable and wrong".

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