EU court decision

Court instructs Google to start deleting links

In a landmark case, an EU court has ruled that links to seriously outdated information on you should be removed if you ask Google to do so.

The BBC reports

The case was brought by a Spanish man who complained that an auction notice of his repossessed home on Google’s search results infringed his privacy.

Google said the ruling was “disappointing”.

The search engine says it does not control data, it only offers links to information freely available on the internet.

It has previously said forcing it to remove data amounts to censorship.

The EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, welcomed the court’s decision?in a post on Facebook, saying it was a “clear victory for the protection of personal data of Europeans”.

“The ruling confirms the need to bring today’s data protection rules from the “digital stone age” into today’s modern computing world,” she said.

Ah, but by removing the link, it doesn’t make the information go away. ? The information still remains on the Internet for anyone else to find. ?For any other search engine to index and serve up. ?? Read more »

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