The Right to Be Forgotten
by Jim Hillier for Daves Computer Tips
European courts are awarding individuals the ‘right to be forgotten’ –on search engines.
If you tend to keep up with current news you will no doubt have come across the multitude of stories regarding the European Court of Justice’s recent decision to award individuals the ‘right to be forgotten’.
The Right to be Forgotten – Background
First off, let’s take a look at how this all came about:
On March 5, 2010, a lawyer named Mario Costeja González lodged a complaint with the Spanish Data Protection Agency against a newspaper called La Vanguardia. Twelve years earlier, González’s house had been auctioned off to pay his social security debts, and La Vanguardia ran a brief article about it. The article was factually accurate, but González felt it was no longer relevant to his life. He wasn’t happy that it came up when you Googled him either, so he added Google to the complaint for good measure.
These excerpts are shared with permission from davescomputertips.com.
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