The Spanish Supreme Court decision on the correct measure of the effluxion of time for public interest and the "right to be forgotten" In July, 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed a claim relating to the right to be forgotten. The petitioner in this case had been prosecuted and acquitted of a double murder. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition on the grounds that insufficient time had passed to consider the information no longer in the public interest. A key factor here was that the facts were considered as of extraordinary gravity and social impact. The information at issue in this case was the publication by an important Spanish newspaper, of an article where the acquittal of the accused was explained (without mentioning any personal information of the accused) accompanied by a photograph of him, lawfully taken at the trial. The Supreme Court decided that although the crime had occurred in 1997, the relevant timing to be considered in this case was the date of the acquittal (2012), because the petitioner's information and images, concerning the case, make reference to the judicial procedure. Additionally, the judgement states that the defendant (the newspaper), complied with all the necessary requirements of the legislation on the processing of personal data because they didn't use the petitioner's name or surname in the article, even if the original news can be accessed on the Internet. According to the Supreme Court, the right to be forgotten does not cover the alteration of the content of original information that is lawfully published at the time, as newspapers have the protection of freedom of information and there is also a public interest in access to such information. As a result, the right to be forgotten did not require the deletion of personal data contained therein.