“Mr. Costeja said the debt issues had been resolved many years earlier and were no longer relevant. So he asked the newspaper that had published the information ... to remove the notices and Google to expunge the links.”
When they refused, Costeja’s case began.
The Daily Star has received plenty of phone calls from people like Costeja. But — unlike what the EU court is asking Google to do — this newspaper does not pick and choose whose arrest records are available to the public. Neither do the police. If it happened, it happened, and that’s that.
What this newspaper will do is amend past notices to reflect current information. So, if a charge is dropped or a case is dismissed, that information can appear along with the original notice.
It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than the one the EU has imposed on Google.