Google wins right to be forgotten case before EU court

The European Union’s Court of Justice ruled that Google had the right to only honor the “right to be forgotten” law in the union’s member states. Google may still keep personal information of European citizens in search engines in other nations. The court said that many countries did not recognize a right to be forgotten. “… the right to the protection of personal data is not an absolute right,” read the ruling, “but must be considered in relation to its function in society and be balanced against other fundamental rights.” (Hollywood Reporter, September 24, 2019, by Ashley Cullins)

Google said it was trying to balance privacy rights with the right to know but that the European Union’s law could be used by dictators to hide human rights abuses. (BBC News, September 24, 2019, by Leo Kelion)

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