Spain Takes Search Engine to Court
PRIVACY LAW—EUFebruary 27, 2013
CNET News reports on a European Court of Justice case between Google and Spain’s data protection authority (DPA) over whether Google must delete data that could infringe upon a person’s privacy. Google says it is not required to do so and starting to could create a slippery-slope effect. “There are clear societal reasons why this kind of information should be publicly available,” said Google’s head of free expression. “The substantive question before the court today is whether search engines should be obliged to remove links to valid legal material that still exists online.” The court is expected to rule by the end of the year, and its advocate-general will publish an opinion June 25.