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Court Data Ruling Causing Host of Compliance Issues

Roberta Holland | August 6, 2014

Europeans wasted no time in exercising their “right to be forgotten,” with 91,000 removal requests covering 328,000 URLs being logged with Google alone in the first two months since the European Union’s high court ruling.

Under the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) May decision, individuals in the EU can request search engines to omit certain results from popping up on a search by the individual’s name if that information is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive. The case was brought by Spaniard Mario Costeja Gonzalez, who was trying to block links related to attachment proceedings from appearing in results from a search on his name. Costeja’s complaint targeted La Vanguardia newspaper, Google Spain, and Google Inc.

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