Human rights lawyer’s action against Google over alleged hacking adjourned generally



A High Court action by a German human rights lawyer against Google over what he claims are several attempts by parties based in the Middle East to hack his private email account has been adjourned generally.

Mark Somos claims that, in recent weeks and months, he has been subject of attempts to unlawfully access his Gmail account by an unknown individual using a Qatari phone number.

He had been seeking various orders against Google Ireland Ltd aimed at helping him identify who is behind the hacks, so he can bring proceedings against them.

He asked Google Ireland for that information, but was informed it requires an order from the courts before it will supply such information.

The action was before the Irish courts because Google’s Dublin facility is its European, African and Middle East headquarters.

Niall Buckley BL, for Mr Somos, yesterday told Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds that the matter could be adjourned generally as it was believed it could be resolved without the court having to make formal orders.

The judge agreed to adjourn the case generally.



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