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EU top court rules in favour of Google on search engine issue

by Ace Damon
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Raf Casert, Associated Press

Published September 24, 2019 at 5:09.

Google won a major case in the European Union on Tuesday, when the bloc's high court ruled that the US Internet giant need not extend EU "right to forget" rules to its search engines around the world. .

The European Court of Justice said that "under EU law there is no obligation for a search engine operator" to extend beyond EU member states the 2014 court ruling that people have the right to control what appears when Your name is searched online.

He said, however, that a search engine operator should take steps to discourage Internet users from leaving the EU to find this information.

The case involving the US technology company and the French data privacy regulator highlights the need to balance privacy and data protection concerns with the public's right to information. It also raises questions about how to impose different jurisdictions when it comes to the borderless Internet.

The case stems from the 2014 EU court ruling that people have the right to control what appears when their name is searched online. That ruling forced Google to exclude outdated or embarrassing personal information links that appeared in searches within the 28-country block.

A year later, the French privacy watchdog wanted Google to remove results from all its on-demand search engines, not just sites from European countries like www.google.fr.

Now, the EU court said such an application to non-EU territories was not legal. He stated that "it was not apparent" from the EU legal text "that he intended to impose on an operator such as Google an obligation to refer without reference to national versions of its search engine that do not correspond to member states" .

Those wishing to see this extension argue that it is easy on the Internet to switch from national versions of the site outside the EU – switching from google.fr to google.com for example – to find the information that should be removed within the EU.

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