Posted by: Idioma Extra | February 13, 2011

Monday´s News

Google fights Spanish law over mentions on Internet


In a Madrid court, the technology giant Google is fighting a Spanish order to remove some data from search queries. The case centers on a principle of Spanish law known as “the right to be forgotten,” and it’s Google’s latest clash with European privacy laws.

Let’s say someone accuses someone of a crime. The local newspaper picks up the accusation, but then the accused defends him or herself and is proven innocent. Years later, that newspaper report may still exist somewhere on the Internet. Do the people involved have a right to have it omitted?

That’s the question a Madrid court is debating, in a case between the tech giant Google and Spain’s data protection agency. Spanish authorities filed 90 court orders against Google, on behalf of Spanish citizens who want links to libelous information about them dropped from Google searches. Here in Spain, their desire is enshrined in law, and called “the right to be forgotten.”

“The general argument is what we call derecho al olvido, the kind of right to be forgotten, and it’s based on the right of every single individual and citizen to claim for his or her data to be used in a proper manner,” said Paloma Llaneza, a data protection lawyer representing some of the plaintiffs. “Just to explain it in a very simple way, when you are Googling someone and you are finding some information, what we ask is to delete, or to make that information not available through Google.”

Google did not respond to requests for an interview. But the company has issued previous statements saying it’s not its job to censor the Internet. Google says it’s your local newspaper’s responsibility to eliminate any false reports — not Google’s. The tech company refused the Spanish orders, and it’s all being argued now in court.

Llaneza says it’s an issue of respecting Spanish law, if Google wants to do business here.

Word of the Day

ac·cuse: \ə-ˈkyüz\
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French accuser, from Latin accusare to call to account, from ad- + causa lawsuit
First Known Use: 14th century
transitive verb
1: to charge with a fault or offense: blame
2: to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process
intransitive verb
1: to bring an accusation

More Vocabulary

Censor: v. to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable
Clash: v.
to come into conflict
Enshrine: v.
to preserve or cherish as sacred
Libel: n.
a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression
Plaintiff: n.
a person who brings a legal action

Love those Phrasal Verbs

Pick up: to bring into range of reception, observation

  • Once, Management picks up on what we are doing; we could be in hot water.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: