EU lawyer argues Google not obliged to delete personal data

London, June 26 (ANI): Following a Spanish case that challenged Google to remove outdated financial details about an individual, an advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the internet giant is not required to delete sensitive information from its search index.

Responding to a November 2009 complaint lodged by an individual with the Spanish Data Protection Agency, advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen said that Google generally should not considered liable for personal data still appearing on its web pages ten years after publication of a report.

The Spanish man had earlier argued that the links of an e-newpaper report detailing how debts had led to his house being repossessed were no longer relevant and Google should have removed them.

The Spanish data Protection Agency upheld his complaint but the case was sent to the ECJ for further deliberation.

Advocate General Jaaskinen maintained that Google cannot be seen to be the controller of personal data appearing on web pages it processes.

The final judgment is expected at the end of the year. (ANI)

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