You have the right to be forgotten by Google, but only in Europe

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – If you want your history to be forgotten on the internet, it would be best to move to Europe.

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

Google’s (GOOGL.D) do not apply Europe’s “right to be forgotten” law in the global, the continent’s highest court ruled Tuesday in a landmark case that pitted the protection of personal and property rights against the freedom of speech and expression.

The victory of the US-based tech titan means that it must remove links to personal information from internet search results in Europe, where it is necessary, it does not have to destroy them to search anywhere else in the world.

The case was seen as a landmark test of a new era of an internet that knows no boundaries, or they may ask for a blanket removal of information about themselves from the search without stifling the freedom of expression and the genuine public interest.

It is also seen by policy-makers and businesses around the world as well as a test of whether the European Union can extend its laws beyond its own territory. The ruling, which applies to all of the search engines, it is rarely good news for the tech sector, has come under heavy regulatory control from both sides of the Atlantic ocean and on to their dominant position, and the collection of large amounts of data.

In the judgment of the Court of justice of the court of Justice of the European Union, said that the right to personal data protection is not an absolute right.

“The balance between the right to privacy and to the protection of personal data, on the one hand, and the freedom of information of internet users, on the other, it is likely to vary widely across the world,” it added.

Google welcomed the decision, saying: “It’s good to see that the court agreed with our arguments.”

As the world’s predominant internet search engine, had already been warned of the dangers of overreach by the european union. In a blog post from two years ago, he said, there needs to be a balance between the private and confidential information, and is in the public interest, and that no country should be able to impose rules on the citizens of another.

The right to be forgotten established by the European court of justice, in 2014, when the court of justice ruled that people could ask search engines such as Google, to remove inadequate or irrelevant information in the web search results under a search for their names.

Google, as a unit of a-z Inc. says it has already received 845,501 request to remove up to 45 percent of an estimated 3.3 million was requested in to the spread.


UK rights group, Article 19, which campaigns for freedom of expression and information, applauded Tuesday’s decision, which the judges also said that Google had some leeway in determining whether scrap metal is on the left because of the balance between privacy rights and the public interest.

“The courts or to the data regulators in the united kingdom, France, and Germany may not be in a position to find out from the search results to internet users in the Americas, India, and Argentina, to see the,” Article 19 said.

“The court held, it is accurate to say that the balance between privacy and freedom of expression need to be taken into account in the decision on the sites should be on the list, and also to acknowledge the fact that this balance may vary over the entire world.”

However, Patrick Van Eecke, worldwide president of data protection practice at law firm DLA Piper, said that it would reduce the impact of a successful right to be forgotten applies if the separate searches are carried out within the European Union.

“This is, of course, can be frustrating for people to see that people from outside of Europe, you will still be able to find out from the list of search results by performing search on Google, in New York, New York, Shanghai or any other place in the world,” he added.

The case was made in 2016, after France’s privacy watchdog, the CNIL, fined Google € 100,000 ($109,790) for the object to the list of sensitive information from the search results, worldwide, on request.

Google took the fight to the French Council of State, who then sought advice from the European Court of Justice.

The Board separately and asking for advice, 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.

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The CNIL said that it would be in line with a Tuesday court ruling.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Additional reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic in Paris; Editing by Gabriela Baczynska and Pravin Char

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