Saturday, August 18, 2012

Spain tries to censor contents in Google

The Spanish Agency of Data Protection (a government dependent agency) has been issuing way too many unjustified requests for search engine removal of sites that were critical with politicians and other public figures, totaling 270 requests only in the second half of 2011, of which Google accepted only 8%, considering the rest to be attempts of censorship.

Instead tribunals only issued 18 requests of which 78% were accepted.

Dorothy Chou, speaker of Google declared that:

This is very worrisome, not just because it endangers freedom of speech, but because some of these requests come from countries that could be not suspect, Western democracies normally not associated with censorship.

Source: Tercera Información[es].

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