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Search Engines after 'Google Spain': Internet@Liberty or Privacy@Peril?


Brendan van Alsenoy


KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Aleksandra Kuczerawy


KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Jef Ausloos


KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

September 6, 2013

ICRI Research Paper 15
TPRC 41: The 41st Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy

Abstract:     
Search engines can be portrayed both as champions of freedom and as agents of surveillance. By facilitating the retrieval of online data, they enable a global public to seek, receive and impart information. Where information about individuals is concerned, however, search engine services can also pose a risk to privacy. Due to the increase in personal information available online, search engine providers are frequently confronted with requests to remove certain web pages from their search results. A ‘notice-and-takedown’ procedure, similar to the one employed for copyright purposes, could offer considerable relief for the individuals’ concerned. However, questions have been raised regarding the compatibility of such mechanisms with the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, due process, as well as the principle of proportionality. The objective of this paper is to analyze whether the different interests at stake can be adequately reconciled within the framework of EU Data Protection Directive 95/46, using Google Spain (C-131/12) as a case study.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 74

Keywords: Data protection, search engines, freedom of expression, intermediary liability, data subject rights, Right to be Forgotten, Right to Erase


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Date posted: September 11, 2013 ; Last revised: April 1, 2014

Suggested Citation

van Alsenoy, Brendan and Kuczerawy, Aleksandra and Ausloos, Jef, Search Engines after 'Google Spain': Internet@Liberty or Privacy@Peril? (September 6, 2013). ICRI Research Paper 15; TPRC 41: The 41st Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2321494 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2321494

Contact Information

Brendan van Alsenoy (Contact Author)
KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )
Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Aleksandra Kuczerawy
KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )
Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Jef Ausloos
KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )
Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
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