Computers, Freedom and Privacy 2014: The Internet wants to be free

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CFP2014: Debate on the right to be forgotten

A blow to freedom of expression or a win for individual privacy and autonomy? Last month, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google is a controller subject to data protection law and is responsible for the processing of personal data appearing on Web sites published by third parties. Widely characterized as a blow to freedom of speech, the case involved a Spanish citizen who requested the removal of public information from 1998 about an auction proceeding related to the collection of a debt. Under the judgment, the original story remains on the Web, and Google can continue to index it, but it should not show up in searches on the person’s name. Since the judgment, Google has posted a form to request similar removals of information from search results, and has received more than 41,000 requests for removal. A debate featuring: Mike Godwin, Internews, Senior Policy Advisor Emma Llansó, Center for Democracy & Technology, Director of the Project on Free Expression Judith Rauhofer, University of Edinburgh Moderator: Wendy Grossman, Journalist
Period10 Jun 2014
Event typeConference
LocationWarrenton, Virginia, United KingdomShow on map