EU Court: If Asked, Google Must Delete Incorrect Search Information


The European Union’s top court ruled that Google must remove search results about people in Europe if they can provide evidence that the information is clearly incorrect.

If the individual requesting it can show that the information is “manifestly inaccurate,” the European Court of Justice determined that search engines must “dereference information.”

According to the “right to be forgotten” principle, individuals in Europe have the right to request that Google and other search engines remove links to humiliating or out-of-date information about themselves, even if it is accurate.

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Google stated that it welcomed the decision. The company said, “Since 2014, we’ve worked hard to implement the right to be forgotten in Europe, and to strike a sensible balance between people’s rights of access to information and privacy.”

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