Watchdog to Provide Time in Privacy Cases

Earlier this month (May), the Court of Justice ruled that Google must remove links which are deemed to be inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, as part of a ruling which provides individuals with a right to be forgotten.

The ruling from the Court of Justice follows a case involving a Spanish individual who had been in a long-running dispute with a Spanish newspaper, and had requested that Google remove the link to the article from their search results.

A judge within the Court of Justice ruled that by providing links to the article within their search results, Google infringed on the individual’s privacy – and as such, the Judge 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”.

Since the ruling, the data protection watchdog within the UK has confirmed that it is aware of the technological and logistical challenges which face search engine in complying with the “right to be forgotten” ruling; and will therefore provide them with time to implement and develop solutions.

In addition, the watchdog has called for consistent guidance on how the ruling should be implemented and interpreted to be issued by data protection authorities across the European Union.

With the data protection watchdog offering to give search engines time to implement solutions in relation to “right to be forgotten”, for those individuals who feel their privacy has been 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.

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

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