Spanish Court: You Do Not Have The Right To Be Forgotten

ssurgericDo you have the right to be forgotten? No — the internet has no escape hatch. Via ISP Liability:

A civil court in Spain handed down last Thursday a ruling dismissing plaintiff’s claims against Google Spain over the so called “right to be forgotten”. The case is Alfacs Vacances SL v. Google Spain SL.

While the right to be forgotten is being the subject of heavy litigation in Spain, this is one of few judicial rulings on the matter. Indeed, most claims have been brought before the Spanish Data Protection Authority. About 130 cases are thus pending.

The plaintiff in this case runs a campsite near Tarragona. In 1978, the campsite was hit by a terrible accident with more than 200 people killed and many others severely burned when a tanker truck loaded with flammable liquid got on fire on the highway just in front of the campsite. While the accident happened more than 30 years ago – and the campsite was acquitted of any liability – it still springs out as the first search result when you search for Alfacs on Google, including horrifying thumbnails of burned corpses.

7 Comments on "Spanish Court: You Do Not Have The Right To Be Forgotten"

  1. Google totally has the troll face right now.

  2. When I was a kid, teachers would try to scare us by saying things we did would “go on your permanent record.”

    And I thought: “WHAT permanent record?”

    And now, I know.

  3. Banwhaling | Mar 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |

    I just searched Alfacs and the only thing I found was this recent court case and many beautiful pics of sunsets

  4. DeepCough | Mar 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm |

    You wanna be forgotten? Come to America, we forget about things all the damn time.

  5. Okay, now that’s an interesting story.

  6. And that’s why stories should be dated so that people can decide whether they are still relevant. This one is from 19 March 2012, but returns the current Alfacs camping site as first result.

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