Liquidators unable to ‘google it’

A recent dispute resolution case saw a liquidator apply to the High Court for an order to enable them to access a director’s personal Google account.

The liquidator had been told by one of the directors that the Google account contained the company records, ie emails and accounts etc and that all the company business was carried on through that account.

Google argued that to give the liquidator access to the account would compromise the privacy of the individual as the account may contain photographs and other personal data.

The High Court refused to grant the order saying that the liquidator had not provided enough evidence that the account did in fact contain the books and records of the company he was appointed liquidator for.

This is a tricky one for the liquidator in a world which is becoming more and more digital and who, as part of his duties, has to take possession of the books and records of a company he is liquidating.

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