Emmanouil Bougiakiotis, The enforcement of the Google Spain ruling, International Journal of Law and Information Technology
Since the highly influential ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Google Spain case was published, numerous practical issues on the way it will be enforced have arisen. Its effective enforcement makes it necessary to revisit the traditional data protection perceptions. This article first argues that the regulatory structure and the interpretation of the obligations regarding data controllers must change in a more flexible direction. Secondly, that the practice of data controllers and other parties acting online must be readjusted to maximize data protection within the boundaries of the current legislation. Thirdly, it suggests a presumption of anonymity when courts or administrative authorities handle erasure requests.