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French lawsuit over ‘vergeetrecht’ to highest European court

French lawsuit over ‘vergeetrecht’ to highest European court

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The European Court of Justice must decide whether the European ‘vergeetrecht’ also outside the European borders.

France wants Google search results outside of Europe hides when citizens ask for it, but the search engine will see that not sitting. Google lost an initial lawsuit on the matter, but went in appeal.

The French Council of State has the matter Wednesday referred to the Court in Luxembourg.

Since a judgment of the same Court in 2014, it is for European citizens as possible, to knock, to search engines such as Google and Bing for any incorrect or embarrassing search results about themselves removed. The zoekbedrijven need to assess whether results indeed need to be removed.

If the Court determines that search results are not globally removed need to be, wants the French court to know whether this is European or only at the national level should be done. Also asks the Council of State or the vergeetrecht should be applied on the basis of the used domain name – such as Google.nl or Google.fr or on the basis of ip addresses. From which addresses is to infer in which country someone is in.

Presumably, the Court in the course of next year on the issue of judging.

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