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DPA Case Asks Search Engine To Forget

PRIVACY LAW—SPAIN

March 30, 2011

The Spanish Data Protection Agency's (DPA) call for Google to remove links to individuals' personal information from its search results is currently before the Spanish High Court but could be referred to the European Court of Justice, Deutsche Welle reports, in what some suggest may be "a landmark case within Europe." Privacy expert Viktor Mayer-Schönberger suggests the case pits "two fundamental rights against each other: The right to remember in a society versus the right to personal privacy and the right to be forgotten." The DPA is representing about 80 plaintiffs calling for records from their past to be removed. Spain's privacy laws include fines of up to €600,000 for such infringements as inappropriate publishing of personal information, the report states.
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