Google v. Spain: A Right to Be Forgotten?

11 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2015 Last revised: 16 Oct 2017

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Ignacio Cofone

McGill University Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 5, 2015


This essay shows that the recent decision in Google v. Spain does not actually rule on the right to be forgotten, as it is often considered, but rather on the liability of search engines under the rights and obligations established by the EU Data Protection Directive. In light of this idea, it evaluates the Google v. Spain decision and argues that it fails to offer a consistent balance between the right to privacy and freedom of expression.

Keywords: Right to be forgotten, online privacy, data protection, search engine liability

Suggested Citation

Cofone, Ignacio, Google v. Spain: A Right to Be Forgotten? (January 5, 2015). Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2015, Available at SSRN:

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