What is Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ and does it apply outside the EU?

What is Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ and does it apply outside the EU?

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GOOGLE does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally, the EU’s top court has ruled.

But what does this mean and does it apply for people outside the European Union? Here’s what we know.

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Google is not required to apply an EU ‘right to be forgotten’ to its search engine domains outside Europe[/caption]

What is Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’?

Google is not required to apply an EU “right to be forgotten” to its search engine domains outside Europe, the EU’s top court ruled in a landmark decision.

The rule, also known as the “right to erasure”, gives EU citizens the power to demand personal data about them to be erased from the search engine.

The court said: “There is no obligation under EU law” for search engine operators such as Google “to carry out such a de-referencing on all the versions of its search engine.”

Since 2014, Europeans have had the right to request links to pages containing sensitive personal information about them be removed.

However, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – which came into force in 2018 – added further obligations.

Members of the public can make a request to any organisation “verbally or in writing” and the recipient has one month to respond.

They then have a range of considerations to weigh up to decide whether they are compelled to comply or not.

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The victory for Google means that it does not have to scrap all personal data from searches outside of the EU[/caption]


Does it apply outside the EU?

The victory for Google means that it does not have to scrap all personal data from searches outside of the EU.

Despite the win, the search engine still must remove links to sensitive personal data from its internet search results in Europe when required.


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