Google Spain, the missing link: where do third parties stand in the “right to be forgotten”? – Stacie Walsh

14 12 2014

s560x316_Right_to_be_forgottenOn 26 November 2014 the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (“29WP”) published its guidelines for implementing the “right to be forgotten.” The thirteen guidelines, while not legally binding, are to be used by search engines and Data Protection Authorities when evaluating petitions from individuals to de-link online content that appears when searching for their name.  There are three major areas of concern: notification, relinking, and international borders. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Hegglin v Persons Unknown and Google, Data Protection Battle Costs set to hit £2.36 million – Media Lawyer

9 11 2014

Google--007A battle between a Hong Kong-based businessman and internet search giant Google is set to cost some £2.36 million by the time it reaches the end of a five-day trial set for later this month, according to figures given to a High Court judge. Read the rest of this entry »





Google, Data Protection and de-indexing: the misconceived attempt to exempt Google.com

23 10 2014

GoogleGoogle has recently confirmed that it is refusing to extend its “de-indexing” procedures following the Google Spain decision to Google.com.  This position is legally indefensible and is likely to be challenged in an EU court in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »





The right be forgotten roadshow and the power of Google – Paul Bernal

21 09 2014

igooglemagesI read with interest Professor Luciano Floridi’s report from the first two legs of what the Guardian described as ‘Google’s privacy ethics tour of Europe’. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, and one of the experts appointed by Google to its ‘Advisory Council’ on the right to be forgotten. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Bleyer v Google Inc, “Search results” libel action stayed as “disproportionate” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

22 08 2014

Roland BleyerIn the case of Bleyer v Google ([2014] NSWSC 897) the Supreme Court of New South Wales stayed a libel action  against Google Inc based on defamatory snippets because the resources of the court and the parties that would be expended were disproportionate to the plaintiff’s interest in obtaining vindication.  In the course of her judgment McCallum J held that Google was not the publisher of the results produced by its search engine. Read the rest of this entry »





Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more – Robin Hopkins

16 07 2014

GoogleThis is the message that now regularly greets those using Google to search for information on named individuals. It relates, of course, to the CJEU’s troublesome Google Spain judgment of 13 May 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Google lost its two recent Court cases for the same reason the one-stop shop does not work – Chris Pounder

13 07 2014

GooglePoliticians who are consumed by years in power often decide on a policy that fits their viewpoint, and then identify the “facts” to justify why this policy should be imposed on the rest of us. Mrs Thatcher’s “Poll tax” and the Mr. Blair’s “Iraqi exploits” are classic examples of this genre. Read the rest of this entry »








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