May 13, 2014

Europe Orders Google to Let People Sanitize Their Search Results - Businessweek


Ever wish you could make Google delete that embarrassing tidbit of personal information that turns up whenever someone searches your name? Europeans may soon be able to do just that.

The European Union’s top court ruled today that individuals can demand the removal of links and other information in search results that could threaten their privacy. People “have a right to be forgotten,” the court said.

The case involved a Spanish man who wanted Google to delete a 16-year-old newspaper article about his house being auctioned off for failure to pay taxes. But the ruling, by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice, is binding on all 28 EU member countries and involves all search engine owners, not just Google. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called it “a clear victory for the protection of personal data of Europeans.”

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