British internet users who are suing Google for breach of privacy have won a legal challenge to permit them to bring the action in England against Google, rather than in the US. Allegations against Google include misuse of private information, breach of confidence and breaches of the Data Protection Act, arising from Google allegedly bypassing security settings for the Safari Web browser.

The internet giant sought to argue that the internet users had no jurisdiction here in England and went to the High Court back in December last year to ask for a ruling that any forthcoming trial of this case ought not to be heard in England, but in the US.

On Thursday, Mr Justice Tugendhad ruled that the UK Courts were the appropriate jurisdiction to try their claims as “there is a serious issue to be tried” regarding “misuse of private information”.

Google has said that it will appeal the decision. Watch this space!