Google concedes to EU pressure

Estonia: On 13 May 2014 the ECJ decided that EU citizens are entitled to demand removal of information from Google.

The Court’s decision was based on the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive. The directive includes the right of every EU citizen to demand erasure of certain information about them on Google (“the right to be forgotten”). This means checking whether the right to privacy or other rights are infringed by Google search results. In order to satisfy this legal claim several legal prerequisites have to be fulfilled. If these are present, the right to be forgotten needs to be balanced with the rights of Google. Under pressure from the French data security office CNIL, Google announced that deletion of results will become global from February 2016.
So far, in the case of anyone successfully claiming their right against Google, erasure was just happening on European Google homepages. This was organized by erasure for European first-level-domains, such as “.ee” or “.de”. For February 2016 Google announced it will apply the European solution to all of its domains. By then, results removed will no longer appear, especially on the best-known first-level domain “”. Although Google Inc. is not located in Europe and therefore is not bound by EU law, Google now respects the ECJ ruling as all-embracing. But one constraint should be mentioned. The new Google function is limited to IP addresses located in Europe. For all other IP addresses the unremoved results will still appear on non-European first-level domains.
Source: ECJ ruling C-131/12

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