CJEU ruling on the Right to be Forgotten
News    ·   13-05-2014

AUTHOR: Sharon Xuereb

On the 13.05.2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered judgement in Google Spain et v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) (C-131/12) (link) on the ‘right to be forgotten’ touching on privacy law. The Court stated that Google can be required to remove data that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed.” This judgement came about after a Spanish man complained that a Google search on his name provided newspaper article links which date back to 1998 and which refer to the repossession of his house. It is interesting how online search engines and other online service providers, such as social networking sites, will deal with the onus of erasing end users’ personal data on the Internet.

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