Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ case
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.