EU court ruling honors citizens’ ‘right to be forgotten’

Will require Google to assist in the removal of compromising information in certain cases

The proliferation of image hosting sites like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr have made the Internet an archive of embarrassing memories for many, and for subjects of compromising images and content, the path to complete removal has been nearly impossible. With images readily available via search engines, something as harmless as a Google search could result in reputational apocalypse (unless you’re fortunate enough to share a name with…say a famous golfer).

However, in a landmark privacy decision, the European Union has ruled that Google must honor an individual’s “right to be forgotten,” requiring the company to help bury links to certain personally sensitive information when requested.

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Chris DiMarco

Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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