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European Court: Google Must Yield on Personal Info
European Court: Google Must Yield on Personal Info

By Toby Sterling
May 14, 2014 9:37AM

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In a landmark decision, The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask the Internet search giant to remove links to newspaper articles or websites containing their personal information. But it is not clear how exactly the court envisions Google and others handling complaints.
 



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"We need to take into account individuals' right to privacy," he said. "But if search engines are forced to remove links to legitimate content that is already in the public domain ... it could lead to online censorship."

He added the case has "major implications for all kind of internet intermediaries, not just search engines."

Google currently advises users to approach websites that have published information about them as a first step in having it cleared from the Internet: once a site removes the content, Google's result links to the material will disappear soon after.

The Mountain View, California-based company also offers a guide to users on how best to approach having personal information removed from the web.

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