The “right to be forgotten” privacy and online news

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Recently, the Spanish Data Protection Authority (“Agencia Española de Protección de Datos – AEPD)ordered Google to delete links on its search engine to any website containing out of date or inaccurate information about individuals and, thus, breaching their “right to be forgotten”. Now, Google is challenging the AEPD’s order in a Madrid Court, since, in Google’s opinion, only publishers, and not search engines, may be deemed responsible for contents published through their websites and on the internet, thus only publishers should be forced to take action in order to guarantee users’ privacy and, especially, their “right to be forgotten”. This decision raises new questions on the balance between the right to be forgotten, on one hand, and the freedom of speech and information on the other.
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