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Friday 24 October 2014

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The chilling effect of the “right to be forgotten”

The ECJ’s recent judgment in the case of Google Spain SL and Google Inc v AEPD and Mario Costeja González raises serious concerns over the potentially censorial effect of the “right to be forgotten” on search engines.

The applicant, Mr. Gonzaléz, lodged a complaint against Google Spain and Google Inc. in relation to the appearance of an auction notice for his repossessed home among search results based on his name. The case eventually made its way to the ECJ, and in May 2014, the court delivered its ruling.

New Information in a Digital Age

The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (“Regulations”) came into force on 13 June 2014 and replace the Distance Selling Regulations and the Doorstep Selling Regulations for consumer contracts made on or after that date. The Regulations implement the Consumer Rights Directive aimed at harmonising consumer protection rules across the EU increasing the information that consumers should receive from traders and the rights that consumers have as part of a consumer transaction. The Regulations also introduce the concept of digital content in consumer law.

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