Case Law, France: X v Google France and Google Inc, Court orders “delisting” of story alleging links to a sex scandal

17 06 2016

0901_google_BIGIn the case of X v Google France and Google Inc (Judgment of 13 May 2016), the Tribunal de grand instance de Paris ordered Google Inc to remove a link to a URL of a blog accusing the applicant of being linked to a sex scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





Google and the “Right to delist”: where are we now?

15 06 2016

EraseThe decision in Google Spain gave data subjects the “right to delist” – to require search engines to remove links to personal data which was “inadequate, irrelevant or excessive”. Google’s transparency report shows that it has received 53,913 removal requests relating to 202,846 URLs from individuals with relationships to the UK.  It has removed a total of 78,704 URLs or 38.8%. Read the rest of this entry »





The ‘Right to be Forgotten’: the scope of delisting – Max Campbell

27 05 2016

Google CNILIt is now just over two years since the Court of Justice of the European Union first ruled that Google was a data controller and that the principles of EU Directive 95/46/EC (‘the Data Protection Directive’), and the various national legislation that implement them, applied to its search results. Read the rest of this entry »





Spain: Clash between different chambers of the Supreme Court on the right to be forgotten – Miguel Peguera

14 04 2016

spain-google_110421_620x350The right to be forgotten – which can be best described as a right to be delisted – was recognized by the CJEU on the assumption that the search engine operator, Google Inc., is a data controller of the personal data included in the search results. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Google takes a new approach to the “right to be forgotten” in response to regulator pressure

10 03 2016

google-headquarters-signStarting this week, Google will implement “right to be forgotten” requests on all Google search engines (including Google.com) accessed from the country of the person making the request.  This change will be implemented retrospectively to all delisting carried out under the Google Spain ruling. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Spain: A and B v Ediciones El Pais, Newspaper archive to be hidden from internet searches but no “re-writing of history” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

19 11 2015

Sede_de_El_País_en_MadridOn 15 October 2015, the Spanish Supreme Court handed down judgment in the “right to be forgotten” case of  A & B v Ediciones El Pais SL [pdf](in Spanish). Read the rest of this entry »





News: Google Spain, the ICO cases and decisions in the first year

10 11 2015

ico-logo-blue-grey-370x229The Information Commissioner’s office has, since May 2014, dealt with 441 cases and has required Google to de-list in 20%.  It has, over this period, issued one enforcement notice against Google. Read the rest of this entry »





Google Spain: French data protection authority rejects Google appeal

23 09 2015

cnil-googleThe French data protection authority, the CNIL, has dismissed an internal administrative appeal by Google Inc against its ruling that the decision in Google Spain requires delisting on all versions of the search engine, including google.com. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy watchdog takes first step against those undermining right to be forgotten – Eerke Boiten

2 09 2015

s560x316_Right_to_be_forgottenThe UK’s data privacy watchdog has waded into the debate over the enforcement of the right to be forgotten in Europe. The Information Commissioner’s Office issued a notice to Google to remove from its search results newspaper articles that discussed details from older articles that had themselves been subject to a successful right to be forgotten request. Read the rest of this entry »





Comity for the Internet? Recent Court Decisions on the right to be de-indexed – Agnes Callamard

26 08 2015

remove-google-search-historyOne of the most impactful events in global free expression jurisprudence development in 2014 was the the European Court of Justice Google Spain SL, Google v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion (2014) (“González”) decision by on the so-called “right to be forgotten”, more accurately referred to as the “right to be de-indexed”. Read the rest of this entry »