In Madrid Court, Google Challenges AEPD
PRIVACY LAW—SPAINJanuary 19, 2011
In a Madrid court today, Google challenged five rulings by Spain's data protection authority, Bloomberg reports. The Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) had ordered the company to remove certain articles from its search listing due to the privacy concerns of those featured in search results. But in an e-mailed statement read in court today, Google spokesman Peter Barron said, "We are disappointed by the actions of the Spanish privacy regulator. Requiring intermediaries...to censor material published by others would have a profound chilling effect on free expression..." The government, however, contends that Google has "never addressed the underlying question, the right of citizens to protect their information."