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Right to be Forgotten

Google will be arguing in court today over the European Union’s (“EU”) privacy laws being applied worldwide, specifically with regard to the “right to be forgotten”.

The saga began in 2015 when France’s Privacy Regulator held that Google was required to meet the EU’s data laws for its domains, globally. As a result of the ruling, internet users can now request that search engines remove certain information, including personal information, from queries. Google’s argument is that having to comply with the right to “right to be forgotten” requirement worldwide has the potential to infringe on rights held by internet users outside of the EU, for example, freedom of speech protections in the U.S. Furthermore, there is an argument that the global enforcement is an infringement of sovereignty and of non-EU countries’ right to enforce their own data laws.

While Google will argue its case before the EU court today, a ruling is only expected later this year.