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European Court Orders Google Honor "Right to Be Forgotten"

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The highest court in Europe has ordered Google to honor requests to be removed from search engine results. People may now ask the mega-corporation to delete search results in which they are listed. This ruling will not require such pages to be removed from the Web, only deleted from Google search results. The decision was based on a "right to be forgotten." Plaintiffs in the case argued this right gives individuals control over old personal information which is publicly available. The advocate general for the European Union stated last year the right does not extend to search engine results. The court wrote, "the object of the national laws on the processing of personal data is to protect fundamental rights and freedoms, notably the right to privacy, which is recognized both in Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms... and in the general principles of Community law."

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