MH Media, Technology & IP

Friday 24 October 2014

The chilling effect of the “right to be forgotten”

The ECJ’s recent judgment in the case of Google Spain SL and Google Inc v AEPD and Mario Costeja González raises serious concerns over the potentially censorial effect of the “right to be forgotten” on search engines.

The applicant, Mr. Gonzaléz, lodged a complaint against Google Spain and Google Inc. in relation to the appearance of an auction notice for his repossessed home among search results based on his name. The case eventually made its way to the ECJ, and in May 2014, the court delivered its ruling.