On 13 may 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that individuals have a right to obtain removal of certain search results that are shown following a web search on the basis of their name. The Google Spain ruling initiated vivid discussions around the world on the so called “right to be forgotten” (RTBF).
Another hearing of the Google Advisory Council on the Right to be Forgotten took place in Brussels on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 . Brendan Van Alsenoy and Jef Ausloos of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT at KU Leuven, a partner in REVEAL, look back at the series of hearings and highlight some of the most important (and less important) points. This article is a reproduction – with minor adaptations – that originally appeared on the blog of the London School of Economics. It is reproduced with the kind permission of the aforementioned authors, who are editorially responsible and hold respective copyrights, unless stated otherwise. We re-publish the article here because of its relevance for REVEAL and related undertakings.
Recently, the Court of Justice of the European Union passed a landmark ruling concerning the “right to be forgotten” in the digital sphere. Issues of personal data handling also play a role in REVEAL. Here, REVEAL partners from the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the University of Leuven, Jef Ausloos and Aleksandra Kuczerawy, present an assessment of the ruling.