What Place Do Search Engines Have Between Personal Data Law and Freedom of Speech?

The question raised in the title of this article is the complex and long-debated one that the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) will have to answer, following an application made by the Spanish High Court. The case leading to this question is between Mr. X, a Spanish national, and Google. Mr. X noticed that when he typed his name into the Google search engine, two of the results redirected the user to pages of a newspaper that included details of the auctioning of a property seized due to a failure by Mr. X to pay social contributions. Mr. X brought a claim against the newspaper and Google before the Spanish Personal Data Protection Authority.

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