27 Feb '13, 6pm

Privacy Vs Censorship: Google, Spanish Government Face Off In European Courts

In a test case that could have significant implications for Google throughout Europe the company faced off against the Spanish data protection authority in the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. One could frame the case as “privacy vs. censorship.” From the Spanish government’s point of view its data protection authority is simply vindicating the recently articulated right (of individuals) “to be forgotten” — to have content or data about them removed from the search index upon request. From Google’s perspective , if the court agrees with Spain, the outcome would be tantamount to granting individuals the right to censor Google. A concise statement of the underlying facts of the case is provided by Reporters without Borders: The Spanish citizen, Mario Costeja, filed a complaint with the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) against Google and the newspape...

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