Privacy Ruling Could Have Implications

Earlier this week, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google must remove links which are deemed “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” in a move which could have far-reaching implications in relation to privacy laws.

The ruling by the European Court of Justice follows a case involving a Spanish resident, and a long-running dispute surrounding a newspaper article form the late 1990s which relates to the repossession of the resident’s home.

The resident had requested that Google remove the article, claiming that it was no longer relevant and was an invasion of his privacy; and following a hearing, judges at the European Court of Justice ruled in favour of the resident.

According to the judges, whilst the newspaper had acted within public interest by reporting the story, Google infringed on the individual’s privacy by offering links to the article in search results.

As a result, the judges have ruled that the links be removed; adding that in “certain circumstances, search engines will be obliged to remove links to web pages that are published by third parties and contain information relating to a person”. However, the ruling has been criticised by some advocates of free speech, who have suggested that the ruling has the potential to be misused in the future.

Whilst the ruling from the European Court of Justice is set to have repercussions in relation to privacy laws, for those who feel that their privacy has been invaded, our human rights solicitors in London may be able to assist.

At Howe+Co, we have significant experience in handling a range of human rights related legal matters, from those relating to invasion of privacy, through to matters relating free speech.

Our human rights solicitors in London have also worked on a number of high profile cases; and if fundamental human rights have been breached, we are experienced in getting decisions struck-down.

To find out how we can help you, contact our solicitors today.

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