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Google wins the “right to be forgotten” war with France

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Google (GOOGL.O) won its fight against a stronger “right to be forgotten’ rules in Europe’s highest court said on Tuesday it will not delete links to sensitive personal information of its customers around the world, and the refusal of the French demand.

FILE PHOTO: Visitors of the logo on Google’s high-profile, high-tech start-ups and business leaders, the meeting, Tour-Tech,Paris, France-May 16, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

The case is being seen as a test of whether Europe is able to extend its laws beyond its borders, as well as whether individuals can demand the removal of personal information from internet search results, without stifling the freedom of expression and the genuine public interest.

“At the moment, there is no obligation under EU law to search engine operators, who grants a request for referral is made by a person, in order to provide for the referral of all versions of the engine,” the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.

However, the EU legislation requires that a search engine provider) in order to provide a reference for the different versions of the engine in accordance with the (EU’s) member states” shall be added.

The case came about after France’s privacy watchdog, the CNIL, in 2016, to a fine Google € 100,000 ($109,790) a decision to refuse to list any sensitive information from internet search results around the world on-demand, in what is referred to as the “right to be forgotten”.

Google took the fight to the French Council of State, who then sought advice from the european COURT of justice.

The Board is also asked to give its opinion, after the CNIL has decided not to go to Google to remove links from internet search results on the basis of the names of the four people.

This cover is a satirical photo-montage of a female politician, or an article, to refer to a person as a public relations officer for the Church of Scientology, in the place of an examination from a male politician, and it is the conviction of a person for a sexual assault against a minor.

In the cases of C-507/17, Google, and the C-136/17, G. C. e’s.a.

“For 2014, we’ve been hard at work to support the implementation of the right to be forgotten in Europe, and to strike a sensible balance between the rights of people to have access to information and protection of privacy. It’s good to see that the Court agreed with our arguments …,” Google said in a statement after the ruling.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska and Susan Fenton

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