According to EU Court, Google Must Remove Personal Information at Request of Individual

In a ruling that will have far-reaching implications, the Court of Justice of the European Union has stated that: “An internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appears on webpages published by third parties. Thus, if, following a search made on the basis of a person’s name, the list of results displays a link to a web page which contains information on the person in question, that data subject may approach the operator directly and, where the operator does not grant his request, bring the matter before the competent authorities in order to obtain, under certain conditions, the removal of that link from the list of results.” (press release)  What can be seen here is the enacting of “the right to be forgotten.” The full text of the ruling is also online. Needless to say, there is much commentary being generated: Jurist, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, BBC, NPR, CNN, and The Guardian.

 

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