graeme_p - 11:54 am on Aug 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
@tangor, does not matter how minimal it is, WW does not follow EU law if it sets cookies without permission or a prominent warning. That may not be what you think the law should say (I think its downright silly myself), but it would be the law if WW was based in the UK.
ANother thing to remember is that Google is not one company, but lots. They the usual Irish tax dodge company, and no doubt others.
The case is about Google's bypassing Apple's Safari on mobile devices default cookie rejection. The question is does that bit of Google's operations have to follow British privacy laws? It may depends on which company way doing it, from where, and what their relationship with the customers tracked was.
Google does have a UK office, so some of what Google does clearly falls under UK jurisdiction (everything done out of that office, at the very least), but that is run by Google UK Ltd, which is a separate company from (although presumably a subsidiary of) Google Inc. which owns google.co.uk.
Does anyone have a link to the actually legal documents? A quick search failed to find them.