Google does not need to remove links to sensitive personal information worldwide. The European Supreme Court has ruled in a groundbreaking case where privacy rights violate the right to freedom of expression.
CNIL, which asked Google in 2015 to delete information from the Internet search results on request worldwide, imposed a fine of 100,000 euros (19659002) against Google because it refused to meet them. Google challenged the judgment of the French Council of State, which appealed to the European Court of Justice for advice.
The right to forget allows applicants to request removal of links to irrelevant or obsolete online information about them.
Tuesday's ruling means that if Google receives a request, it will only have to remove references to online material from search results in Europe and elsewhere.
In a groundbreaking 201
Earlier this year, Google won the backing of ECJ Judicial Adviser Maciej Szpunar, who said the right to forget should be enforced only in Europe and not globally. In four out of five cases, the judges look for such non-binding opinions.
According to a Google report, 45% of the 3.3 million links have been removed from 845,501 requests received in the past five years since the ECJ established the right to forget in Europe in 2014.
The World's most popular Internet search engine has previously warned of the dangers of overreaching by Europe. In a blog post two years ago, the company said that there should be a balance between sensitive personal information and the public interest and that no country should be able to impose its rules on citizens of another country.
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