Google Wins EU Case Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Laws

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Google Wins EU Case Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Laws

Google has won a legal case in the European Union over the so-called “right to be forgotten,” a concept that allows people in Europe to request the removal of old news from the internet which might be harmful to their reputations or otherwise just be embarrassing. The European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, has ruled this morning that while Google must delist links in Europe, it doesn’t have to do the same globally.

“Currently, there is no obligation under EU law, for a search engine operator who grants a request for de-referencing made by a data subject… to carry out such a de-referencing on all the versions of its search engine,” the European Court of Justice said today, according to France 24. “However, EU law requires a search engine operator to carry out such a de-referencing on the versions of its search engine corresponding to all the member states.”

The case started in 2016 when France’s privacy watchdog, the National Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties, (CNIL) fined Google 100,000 euros for not delisting links globally after they’d been scrubbed for

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