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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kulk and Borgesius on Privacy, Freedom of Expression, and the Right To Be Forgotten @stefankulk @fborgesius @CambridgeUP

Stefan Kulk, Utrecht University, Centre for Intellectual Property Law and School of Law, and Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius, University of Amsterdam, IViR Institute for Information Law, are publishing Privacy, Freedom of Expression, and the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe in the Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy (Jules Polnetsky, Omer Tene, and Evan Selinger, eds.; Cambridge University Press, 2017). Here is the abstract.

In this chapter we discuss the relation between privacy and freedom of expression in Europe. In principle, the two rights have equal weight in Europe – which right prevails depends on the circumstances of a case. We use the Google Spain judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union, sometimes called the ‘right to be forgotten’ judgment, to illustrate the difficulties when balancing the two rights. The court decided in Google Spain that people have, under certain conditions, the right to have search results for their name delisted. We discuss how Google and Data Protection Authorities deal with such delisting requests in practice. Delisting requests illustrate that balancing privacy and freedom of expression interests will always remain difficult.

Download the essay from SSRN.

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