The new ruling from European Court of Justice about the broader “right to be forgotten” now raises important questions. One is whether it can ever be effectively enforced. It’s not just Google which has to comply with the court’s ruling. Yahoo, Microsoft Bing and other search engines too have to fall in line with the decision. But since Google has the largest market share in the world for search, it will have to move more rapidly than its oppositions and indeed will be watched by users and the courts more ardently than its rivals.
Babita Garg (http://www.babitagarg.com/)
This privacy ruling provides individuals the right to demand that a search engines like Google or any internet service must delete certain web links pointing to the websites that refer to them. This is applicable even if the data is lawful, in the public domain and accurate.
“This is an ample victory for the right to privacy on world-wide-web,”
As per the EU Court of Justice, an individual could ask Google to remove the information that could appear to be irrelevant, inadequate or no longer excessive in the highlighted time that had elapsed.
In 2012, the European Union Commission proposed that a citizen should have the “right to be forgotten” online. However the companies like Google, the world’s no.1 search engine, Facebook, the most popular social media platform and other internet companies have lobbied against such laws and rules, worried about the technical challenges and the potential extra costs.
The case was first brought by a Spanish man who took Google to the court because the search results were linking to the information about debts he owed long even after the case was settled.
What is “Right to Be Forgotten”?
The internet or world-wide-web (almost) never forgets. The European Union's highest court, ruled that individuals have a right to request Google and other search engines take down links about those individuals in certain cases, when that information could be deemed to infringe on their right to privacy, because that information is old or irrelevant.
As per Babita Garg of Sanguine (http://www.sanguinesolutions.net/