Spanish Supreme Court applies the "right to be forgotten" to internet search engines for the first time On 15 October 2015, the Spanish Supreme Court handed down a ruling which applied the so called "right to be forgotten" to internet search engines for the first time in Spain. The claimants, who were implicated in drug trafficking and drug use in the eighties, asked a newspaper (defendant) to completely remove information relating to their conviction and imprisonment from the defendant's digital archives as they had already undergone reformation and considered that access to such information through internet search engines threatens their right to honor and privacy. In balancing the fundamental rights to honor, privacy and data protection against the freedom of expression, Spain's highest court ordered the defendant and other similar online publications to employ the appropriate technical means, including the use of a certain web code to prevent the indexing of archival data of non-public persons. The Court, however, ordered that information relating to non-public persons which are no longer current does not have to be removed from the newspaper's digital archives since that could be deemed as an excessive restriction to press freedom. A different rule applies in cases where persons of public relevance are concerned. In such cases, online publications may allow the indexing of personal data relating to the public figures in their news archives for access through Internet search engines. In conclusion, the Supreme Court applied the "right to be forgotten" to Internet search engines, but did not extend its application to the newspapers' digital archives. For more information, please contact Raul Rubio, Patricia Perez, Rosario Alvarez, Ignacio Vela, Alvaro Ubeda or Cristina Monereo.