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Medical Malpractice Case at Heart of Legal Debate

PRIVACY LAW—SPAIN

March 7, 2011

A plastic surgeon who was cleared of wrongdoing in a criminal medical malpractice case 20 years ago is at the heart of a legal debate in a Spanish court, The Wall Street Journal reports. The case involves the Spanish data protection authority's request for Google to remove from its search results links that go to a 1991 newspaper article about the surgeon's troubles. Google is contesting the request, saying that to do so would be censorship. But "Spain has always taken an extremely strong line over privacy," says a Barcelona lawyer, and now the European Court of Justice may become involved. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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