Privacy, Freedom of Expression, and the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe

Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, eds. Jules Polonetsky, Omer Tene, and Evan Selinger (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

31 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2017  

Stefan Kulk

Utrecht University - Centre for Intellectual Property Law; Utrecht University School of Law (the Netherlands)

Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius

University of Amsterdam - IViR Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Date Written: February 25, 2017

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.

Keywords: Privacy, Personal Data, Right to Be Forgotten, Sensitive Data, Dutch Law, Special Categories of Data, Criminal Conviction, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Search Engine

JEL Classification: K12, K00, D10, D11, D20, D30, D40, D60, D70, L00, L11, L20, L51

Suggested Citation

Kulk, Stefan and Zuiderveen Borgesius, Frederik J., Privacy, Freedom of Expression, and the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe (February 25, 2017). Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, eds. Jules Polonetsky, Omer Tene, and Evan Selinger (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2923722 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2923722

Stefan Kulk

Utrecht University - Centre for Intellectual Property Law ( email )

Janskerkhof 12
Utrecht, 3512 BL
Netherlands

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Utrecht University School of Law (the Netherlands) ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

Frederik J. Zuiderveen Borgesius (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - IViR Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Amsterdam
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.ivir.nl/medewerkerpagina/zuiderveenborgesius?lang=en

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