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Google Spain SL v. Agencia Espanola de Proteccion De Datos
European Court of Justice
2014 E.C.R. 317, C-131/12, ECLI EU C 2014 616 (2014)
Costeja Gonzalez was a Spanish citizen. Google Spain SL (defendant) was the Spanish division of Google Inc. When an Internet user searched Gonzalez’s name on Google’s search engine, the user would find links to an issue of the La Vanguardia newspaper. The issue included an announcement mentioning Mr. Gonzalez’s name in relation to a real estate auction for the recovery of social-security debts. Gonzalez sued Google SL and Google Inc. Gonzalez wanted to force Google to remove the personal data relating to Gonzalez from Google’s search results.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Grand Chamber)
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