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Spain: Govt. orders Google to delete information about 90 citizens from online indexes to protect privacy & "the right to oblivion"

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Author: Juan Martínez Martínez, Vanguardia [Colombia]

Fueron 90 los ciudadanos españoles que, por razones como la preocupación porque su dirección sea pública en la Red, enviaron quejas formales frente a la Agencia Española de Protección de Datos. El caso de estas personas aún debe ser considerado por las cortes españolas, pero por el momento el gobierno del país pidió a empresas como Google que dejen de almacenar su información. Europa tiene un historial de rechazo hacia prácticas de la era digital consideradas menos controversiales en otras regiones del mundo…

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10 August 2011

Spain Tells Google to Give Its Citizens Some Privacy

Author: Joe Celentino, Corthouse News Service [USA]

The Spanish government has ordered Google to delete information about 90 of its citizens from online indexes, upholding a complaint from Spain's Data Protection Agency…The ruling is the latest development in growing efforts across Europe to protect "the right to be forgotten" on the Internet…Data Protection Agency…reported a 75 percent increase in privacy complaints since 2009. Complaints mostly target Internet companies, including MySpace [part of News Corp.], Facebook and Google…Google has argued…that search engines should not be held responsible for the content on the Internet to which they provide links. If privacy actions exist…plaintiffs should target those who post content, not index services…Google's global privacy counsel…wrote a personal blog…"…privacy is being used to justify censorship,"… Privacy is far more elastic [than libel or defamation], because privacy claims can be made on speech that is true."…

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