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Google case: Citizens have the 'right to be forgotten'

EU court says Internet giant must honour requests to delete some links

Published on May 14, 2014 7:07 AM
 
Google may be ordered to remove personal information from its search engine after the European Union's top court paved the way for citizens to have a right to be forgotten. -- PHOTO: EPA

BRUSSELS - Google may be ordered to remove personal information from its search engine after the European Union's top court paved the way for citizens to have a "right to be forgotten".

"Links and information in the list of results must be erased" where a person's fundamental rights are harmed by the posting of personal information online and where there is no public interest in publishing it, the EU Court of Justice said in a statement on a ruling yesterday.

A person may ask search engine owners to remove personal information and can ask a court or a data protection authority to step in if the company refuses, the Luxembourg-based tribunal ruled.

The court said Google both processes and controls personal data and must abide by EU law.

 
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