On March 4, 2020, Advocate General Szpunar (“AG”) delivered his opinion in the case C-61/19 Orange România SA v Autoritatea Naţională de Supraveghere a Prelucrării Datelor cu Caracter Personal (ANSPDCP).  The AG concluded that a printed telecommunication contract stating that customers consent to the processing of a copy of their identification card does not meet

On 25 June, the Advocate General (the “AG”) submitted an Opinion on a set of questions that a Spanish court referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “Court”). This is the first time that the Court has been asked to interpret the European Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the ‘Directive’) in the context of internet search engines. The questions concern three main issues:

  • the territorial scope of and the applicable national law under the Directive;
  • whether search engine providers are data controllers; and,
  • whether there is a right to be forgotten.

The proceedings were triggered by an individual who was the subject of some press reports in a newspaper in early 1998. In 2010, he requested Google Spain not to show any links to the newspaper when users entered his name in the Google search engine. The publisher, whom the individual also contacted, refused to erase the relevant data. The individual therefore lodged a complaint with the Spanish data protection authority, which subsequently ordered Google Spain and Google Inc. to take the measures necessary to withdraw the data from their index and to render future access to the data impossible. Google appealed the decision to a Spanish court, which referred the aforementioned questions to the Court for a preliminary ruling.

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