WP29 issues new opinion on law applicable in light of the CJEU judgement in Google Spain

On February 16, 2016, Article 29 Working Party (WP29) issued an update on Opinion 8/2010 on applicable law. The update provides explanations concerning the applicable law in light of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgement’s in Google Spain (or Costeja case, C-131/12). The ruling of May 13, 2015 held that EU data subjects have a right […]

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What does Google Spain mean for US Citizens?

The recent decision of the European Court of Justice in Google Spain was a surprise to commentators and legal experts both in the EU and the US.  Europe’s top court determined that Google must establish a means for individuals in the EU to request that links to information about them be taken down, a process […]

Google News Spain closes its operation due to a change to IP Law requiring (unwaivable) fair compensation for snippets from news aggregators

On December 11, 2014, Google announced the closing of operations of Google News España, the news channel for Spain. Google News is a free service that includes news that publishers want to make public. It covers 70 international editions, and 35 languages. On November 4, 2014, Spain passed a reform of the Law of Intellectual Property, which […]

An update from Google on the “right to be forgotten” in Europe

In November 2015, Google published a report accounting for European privacy requests for search removals after the European Court of Justice issued its famous “right-to-be-forgotten” decision in the Costeja case, C-131/12, holding that data subjects have a right to obtain the delisting of links appearing in the search results based on their name. According to the document, Google evaluated the removal […]


As part of the “right to be forgotten”, Google must also delist the news about delisting, UK privacy authority says

On August 18, 2015, the UK Information Commissioner Office (“ICO”) issued an enforcement notice against Google because it contravened the first and the third data protection principles by referencing to an article detailing the delisting of a link that followed a “request to be forgotten”. According to the ICO, Google contravened the third data protection […]

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European Data Protection Agencies Sanction Google for Violations of European Data Protection Law

In December 2013 and January 2014, respectively the Data Protection Authorities of Spain and France sanctioned Google for privacy violation, imposing fines of EUR 300,000 and EUR 150,000. The background: In 2012 Google announced its decision to replace the individual privacy policies of each of its products and services with a single privacy policy. A […]

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