The European Court of Justice has backed the so-called “right to be forgotten” in a landmark judgement today, ruling that individuals should be allowed to request that “irrelevant” and outdated search results be erased on request. The case was brought by a Spanish man against Google, who complained that an auction notice of his repossessed home on Google’s search results was an infringement of his privacy.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat MEP and European Justice and Home Affairs Spokesperson Sarah Ludford said:
“It is gratifying that the Court has backed the ‘right to erasure’ that MEPs recently demanded be made explicit in the EU’s updated data protection law. Coming hot on the heels of the Court’s strikedown of the Data Retention Directive, it is clear beyond doubt that the EU’s highest judicial authority stands squarely behind the European Parliament and Liberal Democrats in strengthening EU privacy rights.
“It is now up to the 28 EU governments to respond to this array of forces and stop running away from the challenge to curb overreach by the state and the private sector. Enabling EU citizens to have trust that their online data will stay in their control will boost, not harm, the digital economy.”