Google wins ‘right to be for­got­ten’ case

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Lux­em­bourg: Google does not have to ap­ply Europe’s “right to be for­got­ten” law glob­ally, the con­ti­nent’s top court ruled on Tues­day in a land­mark case that pit­ted pri­vacy rights against free­dom of speech.

In a de­ci­sion with broad im­pli­ca­tions for the reg­u­la­tion of the in­ter­net, the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice ruled that the pri­vacy rule can­not be ap­plied out­side the Euro­pean Union. French au­thor­i­ties had sought to force Google and other search en­gines to re­move links to users glob­ally.

The vic­tory for the US tech ti­tan means that, while it must re­move links to sen­si­tive per­sonal data from its in­ter­net search re­sults in Europe when re­quired, it does not have to scrap them from searches else­where in the world.

The de­ci­sion more care­fully de­fines the scope of the right to be for­got­ten, which is a cen­ter­piece of the Euro­pean Union’s in­ter­net pri­vacy laws.

The case can­not be ap­pealed, and na­tional courts across the Euro­pean Union must abide by the de­ci­sion.

The de­ci­sion is likely to head off in­ter­na­tional dis­putes over the reach of Euro­pean laws out­side the 28-na­tion bloc.

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