A plastic surgeon who made a right tit of himself after a botched boob-job went wrong wants all references to his mistake purged from the world wide web.
It all started in 1991, when the Spanish newspaper El País published an article on a dispute between Madrid plastic surgeon Hugo Guidotti Russo and one of his patients over allegedly botched breast surgery.
The article said he was accused of medical malpractice in connection with the surgery that allegedly went tits-up, and that the 21-year-old plaintiff had the equivalent of around $4 million in damages. El País, the paper, stood by the article and has never been asked to remove it from its website.
Dr. Guidotti Russo, who still has his practice, says he was cleared of the charge of reckless endangerment, so the whole matter is best forgotten.
After 20 years, Russo feels that the whole story is now personal information and the world will be a much safer place if no one heard the sad tale.
Russo is fed up that whenever he searches his own name on Google, as you do, the article shows up on the first page of results.
Russo feels that the best way to stop being noticed on the world wide wibble is to become an internet campaigner for privacy and thus his name will be less noticed or at least less associated with badly cut busts.
He has the backing of a Spanish regulator which wants Google to remove personal information about individuals from its search results. Google, of course, says the whole thing is barking and that the privacy agency is overstepping its authority.
A Spanish court looking into the great breast cover up campaign is a little concerned that if it rules in favour of Russo then it might be getting in the way of free speech laws drummed up by the EU. In short Spain might be a little too draconian.
It has referred the matter to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to clarify European privacy law, says the Wall Street Journal.
Google is happy with this because it is fairly confident that the European court will take its side.
However, Russo is part of a movement which is appearing in the EU where adherants are demanding the right to be forgotten. We forget who is in charge of this movement, or where they are based. What are we talking about again?
While newspapers, legal gazettes and other publishing is free from government censorship , the Spanish data regulator contends the protections don’t extend to internet search engines like Google. So the internet should not be able to retain, or remember, a citizen’s personal data and leave it accessible forever.