A non-binding opinion handed down earlier this month by the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), the European Union’s highest legal authority, is roiling the business community. While the opinion needs the approval of all 28 EU governments before it can become legally binding, there’s already a lot of online chatter about the potential blowback to businesses operating in the EU.
The case followed complaints in March 2010 from Mario Costeja Gonzalez, a Spanish lawyer, who said that when Google’s search results revealed details on an auction of his repossessed home in a local newspaper (La Vanguardia), it infringed on his privacy rights.
CJEU ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten” and can ask Google to remove some sensitive information from Internet search results. Tech companies, noted the Financial Times, fear it may be “the beginning of a broader assault in which Google would be regulated like a utility.” Or to use an oft-used English idiom, it could be “the thin end of the wedge.”
No surprise then that organizations and associations from all walks of life are now weighing in with their two bits/bytes.
“Individuals may now have the ability to essentially go in with a... Read more
On May 13th 2014, the European Court of Justice introduced legal backing for the "right to be forgotten." There's been a great deal of talk about this, most of it inaccurate. This post will explain what this is all about and what it means.
read the Court's own explanation here
What is the European Court of Justice?
Basically – it’s the European Union’s equivalent of the US Supreme Court. It’s the highest court in the EU, so there is no appeal of its rulings. The EU is halfway between the US federal system and a bunch of independent countries. Each country, just like each US state, can draft their own laws, but they have to comply with EU-wide “directives.” EU directives state whether there should be a law for a given situation and roughly what it should contain. It is up to each state to implement a directive as they see fit, and decide what sort of enforcement they want to put on it. There can be wide variations. For example, some herbal products, like Melatonin, are banned by EU directive. While they are illegal under every EU country’s laws, some countries, like the UK and Germany, enforce the ban strongly, while others,... Read more
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