[Update] The webinar digest and recording are available here.
The recent judgment on the right to be forgotten has driven hundreds of users to file requests with Google for the removal of certain information from search results. To what extent can one's past be erased?
The complaint of a Spanish citizen in 2010 led to the case being referred to the European Court of Justice, which recently decided that Google was required to comply with EU data protection law. The judgment was met with mixed reactions: from reassurance that links to one's irrelevant past may be removed by Google, to concerns about freedom of expression and press freedom.
Surrounding the mixed reactions are many open questions: Should Google be the judge? What criteria is being used? How effective is this procedure? Can users' right to be forgotten ever be enforced in an absolute manner?
The webinar was led by Ms Nevena Ruzic from the Council of Europe, on Tuesday, 30th September, at 12h GMT 13h CET. Ms Ruzic, who heads the Compliance Department at the Republic of Serbia Office of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, discussed the judgment and its implications. Participants discussed the topic during the webinar.
The webinar recording and digest will be available soon.