Court Case Results from "Transatlantic Clash"
PRIVACY LAW—EUROPEAugust 10, 2011
Spain's government has ordered Google to halt its indexing of data on certain individuals, The New York Times reports. Ninety individuals who filed complaints with the Spanish Data Protection Agency will benefit from the order, which is now being considered in court. Google has asserted that the requirement "would have a profound chilling effect on free expression without protecting people's privacy." Experts weigh in on the order, the origins of the concept of a "right to be forgotten" and the differing perspectives. "What you really have here is a transatlantic clash," said a Swiss native and Georgetown University professor. (Registration may be required to access this story.)