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EU Officials: Court Ruling on "Right to be Forgotten" Applies Worldwide

Privacy regulators in the European Union have issued guidelines calling for the recent "Right to be Forgotten" ruling to apply worldwide. In May, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that a European Union citizen can ask search engines to remove links in search results based on the citizen's name. However, Google chose to remove the links for only certain domains, leaving the private information subject to the ruling accessible to most users. The new report makes clear that the ruling should apply across all search engine services. The EU officials explain, "limiting de-listing to EU domains on the grounds that users tend to access search engines via their national domains cannot be considered a sufficient means to satisfactorily guarantee the rights of data subjects according to the ruling." For more information, see Fact Sheet on the Right to Be Forgotten, EPIC: Right to Be Forgotten, EPIC: International Privacy Law, EPIC: Expungement.

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