derecho al olvido españa bites in Czech Republic
The wide-ranging law, which went into force in May 2015, is now also in effect in the Czech Republic. On Monday, it led to the removal from the country's top search engine, Google, of a blog post by the StB about a notorious spy agency run by former Czechoslovakia's communist regime. The post has been removed because it did not clearly state where the author of the article lived.
The fact that StB's former operations are now subject to scrutiny in modern-day Czech society is not just an issue for the author. One of the other reasons that it was not immediately clear where the author of the StB article lived is that the article was removed from Google's algorithm because it violated one of the provisions of the privacy law. The article about the StB, for example, did not include a photo of the author. That meant that when Google showed a link to it on its search results, the link linked to a site in which the author was not credited or identified, which violated the rules.
The man who works as a journalist with the Czech edition of Forbes had clearly marked his name on the article, but Google did not take that into account when determining whether the publication was regarded as reliable.
Czech prosecutors say they have taken no action against Google as a result of the removal. However, the move comes only weeks after the Czech Ministry of Justice instructed the country's prosecutors' office to take steps to bring the law into line with international norms, although the changes have yet to come into effect.
According to Transparency International, several European countries are currently considering similar laws. Even so, the United States is among the few countries that has legislated to tackle the problem, with the so-called "Right to Be Forgotten" established in 2014.
The Czech website Blesk (Pronounce: Beesh) covered the StB article's removal on Tuesday. Citing the example of the StB article, it noted that the country's data.