Costeja González and a memorable fight for the 'right to be forgotten'

Costeja González and a memorable fight for the 'right to be forgotten'

If there is any first law of the internet, it must surely be the law of unintended consequences. Such must be the lesson facing Mario Costeja González, the Spanish man who sparked Tuesday’s contentious European court of justice (ECJ) ruling on the “right to be forgotten” online. The article Costeja González wanted the world to forget was 36 words long, dating from 1998, and said his home was being repossessed to pay off debts. His concern was the piece’s prominent position among the Google results if his name was searched….

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