An advisor to the European Court of Justice has sided with Google in a dispute over the âright to be forgottenâ rule, which allows European residents to remove some references to themselves from search engine results.
Franceâs data regulator has argued that the right to be forgotten should apply to the entirety of Googleâs search engine, not just the separate versions created for countries in Europe.
Google, however, has argued that the rule only applies to its search engine in Europe.
On Thursday, Advocate General Maciej Szpunar told the European Court of Justice that EU law “should limit the scope of the de-referencing that search engine operators are required to carry out, to the EU.â
The non-binding opinion is a victory for Google, although the Luxembourg-headquartered European Court of Justice is yet to follow the recommendation. Judges typically follow the legal opinions of the advocate general, however.
âIf worldwide de-referencing were permitted, the EU authorities would not be able to define and determine a right to receive information,â Mr Szpunar wrote, âlet alone balance it against the other fundamental rights to data protection and to privacy.â
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