Last week, the European equivalent of the US Supreme Court issued a controversial decision. A Spanish citizen petitioned the court to require Google to remove information from its search results about the citizen that related to a 1998 government-ordered auction required to recover debts the citizen owed. The information was published, and still accessible, on a Spanish newspaper’s website; the court concluded that information could be retained there by the newspaper as part of the “media”.
Google is not a newspaper, but the court concluded Google does collect and process personal data and, for that, is to be classified as a “data controller” under the EU privacy and data protection directives. As such, data controllers have an obligation to remove … Read More