Google ‘right to be forgotten’ case referred to top EU court – CNET


The EU will decide on the reach of the “right to be forgotten.”

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The European Union’s top court will decide whether or not Google is required to remove certain results from its iconic search engine, according to a report Wednesday by Reuters.

The crux of the matter is the so-called “right to be forgotten,” a policy in Europe that lets people ask search engines to remove some results from queries of their own names. What’s in question isn’t the policy itself — Google already complies with it — but how far-reaching those de-listings should be.

The EU court will examine if Google has to remove results only in countries where the request was made, or beyond national borders. The referral to the EU’s top court came from France’s privacy regulator.

The decision will set a precedent over how broadly national laws can be enforced internationally — a tricky situation when it comes to the internet.

Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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