European Court Of Justice Already Implements 'Right To Be Forgotten'

Author:Ms Lokke Moerel and Alex van der Wolk
Profession:De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V.

Individuals have right to request Google to delete links to webpages with their personal data from Google search results even if publication of such information on those webpages is lawful.

In a startling decision of 13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) found that:

search engine operators qualify as "data controller" of the personal data contained in third party webpages that they make available in the search results. They are therefore fully responsible for the content they display individuals have a right to request from the search engine operator that links to third party websites with personal data be deleted from its search results, when this information published is inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes of the processing by the operator. The search engine operator is...

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