Discussion about the ‘right to be forgotten’ – Thursday 16 October 2014

The first IP / IT / Media Law Discussion Group meeting of the semester took place on Thursday 16 October 2014 at 4.00pm in the Neil MacCormick Room (Old College), where David Komuves, PhD  Candidate at the University of Edinburgh spoke on

     “Privacy and Accessibility of Information Online: 
  Discussing the Implications of the CJEU Ruling
 on the ‘Right to be Forgotten’” 

The talk was about the issues surrounding the landmark CJEU ruling on the so-called right to be forgotten. In May the Court found that certain Internet users have the right to ask search engines like Google to remove results for queries that include their name if those results are ‘inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.’ Unanswered questions raised by the decision include the right balance between freedom of expression and privacy, as well as uncertainties regarding Google’s power to decide which links are removed and who should be informed about it.

The presentation assessing the ruling and its implementation was followed by an open and informal conversation on the future of privacy and accessibility of information online.