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Why Are Europeans So Sensitive about Privacy?



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 12, Number 2 (2016)
Pages 109128
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Ronald Baseman — Buck Consultants LLC, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




The 2014 Costeja court case in Spain made worldwide headlines when Google was forced to delete search engine results revealing information about a Spanish citizen's repossessed home. Mario Costeja González's complaint argued that Google’s search results infringed his privacy rights because the proceedings concerning him had been fully resolved for a number of years and hence any reference to these was "entirely irrelevant." This report examines the right to privacy and is divided into two parts.