A European court in Amsterdam ruled Tuesday that Google must remove outdated or irrelevant personal information on individuals from its search results if requested, enshrining a right to be “forgotten.”
The European Union Court of Justice found that individuals have a right to control their private data and that they have the right to request that information be “forgotten” when the results show links to information that is no longer accurate or relevant, the Associated Press reports.
The advisory judgment stemmed from a Spanish case against Google, ruling that the search engine is responsible for the content that appears after a query, and that it is not just hosting it. It also found that Google must respond to legitimate requests to remove data, and that exceptions could be made when the information is relative to a public figure, especially a politician, and it would be deemed against the public…
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