Celebrating a decade of the right to be forgotten

Interview with Mario Costeja: The father of the Right to be Forgotten

The right to be forgotten and the protection of privacy on the Internet are vitally important issues in today's society. With the advancement of technology and increasing digital interconnectedness, more and more people are faced with the need to protect their personal information and exercise their right to control what is displayed about them on the Internet. Internet. In this context, the case of Mario Costeja, known as the "Costeja case", set an important precedent in the field of the right to be forgotten and has had a significant impact on the protection of privacy and the right to the image of individuals on the Internet.

In this article we bring you a exclusive interview with Mario Costejawho kindly agreed to share with us his experience and reflections on his case. This case, which set an important precedent in the field of right to be forgottenhas led to significant changes in the protection of privacy and access to information in the digital age. The following are the highlights of this interview.

Interview with Mario Costeja: The father of the Right to be Forgotten

A battle for justice

Mr Costeja recalled the beginnings of his dissent in 2007, when data protection was only a peripheral concern. "At that time, I was pressured and criticised about it," he said. However, it was a settled issue that led him to take legal action. "It wasn't fair that my details were available to anyone searching for my name, when it wasn't truthful information."he said.

The legal battle against GoogleThe seven-year-long process was an arduous and costly journey for Mr. Costeja. At the time, the idea of deleting data from the internet seemed like a fantasy, as there were no regulations or laws to back it up. "I was up against an internet almighty," he added. Despite the challenges, his determination led to a landmark ruling that paved the way for the recognition of the right to be forgotten.

The impact of the "Costeja case

Since then, this right has gained recognition and prompted legislative changes in several countries. In this respect, Mr. Costeja expressed his positive opinion about companies like oursThe right of access to information is a right that is protected by law. "Fortunately, today there are regulations and laws that protect citizens. These companies are a help and defence against possible abuses for both citizens and companies," he said.

Freedom of expression versus the right to privacy

However, some critics have raised concerns about the impact of the "Right to be Forgotten" on freedom of expression and access to information. In response, Mr. Costeja pointed out that since the ruling, there has been no reduction of the freedom of expression in any respect. "This argument was used by the search engines at the time, but it has freedom of expression is one thing, but the business of Internet users' data is quite another."he replied firmly.

A road ahead

When asked whether current privacy and right to be forgotten laws are sufficient to protect individuals in the digital age, Mr. Costeja acknowledged that there is always room for improvement. Although a long road has been travelled with the implementation of regulations and standards that defend users, new challenges have arisen in the era of social networks and the artificial intelligence. "Data privacy in Artificial Intelligence is still unknown to us," he added.

From his personal experience, Mr. Costeja advised people in similar situations who wish to exercise their right to be forgotten on the Internet should turn to professional and specialised companies in the field.. The steps to exercise this right are still cumbersome and confusing for individuals and businesses. He also stressed the value of our own data and the need to reflect on what information we are willing to share and for what purpose.

Reflecting on the impact of his case on the protection of privacy and the right to image on the internet, Mr Costeja was convinced that it has been positive. "The indiscriminate, opaque use and buying and selling of our data has been curbed," he said. He also mentioned a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice that recognises the right to privacy. right of individuals to request access to information about the use and disclosure of their data.

A lasting impact

Finally, the future role of the right to be forgotten and the protection of privacy in the increasingly digital and connected society was addressed. Mr Costeja stressed the vital importance of these rights, especially in the context of artificial intelligence, big data and the manipulation of personal data. "We must protect ourselves against this constant invasion and siege," he warned. Personal data has become a valuable and lucrative commodity for companies, and it is crucial that individuals are aware of this.

The interview with Mario Costeja shed light on the challenges and achievements of the right to be forgotten in the digital age. His emblematic case has been a milestone in the protection of privacy and has generated important changes in legislation. However, there is still work to be done to improve and adapt regulations to new technological challenges. Privacy and data protection will continue to be relevant and challenging issues in the coming years, as we move towards an increasingly connected and technology-dependent future.

We are extremely grateful to Mr. Costeja for sharing his knowledge and experiences, and hope that this interview will inspire further reflection on the importance of privacy and the right to be forgotten in our society.

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