The Court of Justice of the European Union [official website] ruled on Tuesday that people can demand that search engines remove links to certain websites containing their personal information. In an advisory judgment, the court held [AP report] that search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing must sometimes comply with individuals’ requests to remove web pages or newspapers with their personal information.
The court emphasized that the so-called “right to be forgotten” is not absolute.
When people request to have personal data removed from search results, the search engine must weigh “the legitimate interest of Internet users potentially interested in having access to that information” against the right to privacy and protection of personal information.
The case was remanded to a court in Spain for further proceedings.