A Spanish citizen has compelled Google to delete links to online newspaper articles that described the person’s debt problems in the 1990s. The European Court of Justice held that the information was ‘no longer relevant’ and it thus violated the man’s privacy for it to be available through an easy search. (A Spanish court had earlier refused to require the newspaper sites to take down the information, which was perfectly true.)
So: does this ruling make any sense at all, to impose the obligations of a ‘data controller’ on a search engine?
How can the search provider know for sure . . . [more]