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EU Wants Right to Be Forgotten Law to Extend to Google’s U.S. Search

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The European Union is calling on Google to apply the ‘right to be forgotten,’ law to all Google search results, not just those in Europe.

EU privacy watchdogs have drafted new rules for Google to follow and have chastised the search giant for contacting the media about article links it has removed — an action that actually puts the focus squarely on the very people who were seeking to restore their privacy.

This means the search engine firm will now have to remove the links from Google.com in the U.S. as well.

“All the extensions are included, including the .com,” said Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, head of the 28 EU privacy watchdog groups. “There is no legal basis for routine transmissions from Google, or any other search engines, to editors. It may, in some cases be necessary, but not as a routine and not as an obligation, as Google said.”

Although Google has argued that the ruling of the European Union Court of Justice did not encompass U.S. search, the Commission disagrees.

The agency said although Google.com currently is used by only five percent of Europeans, that could change if they know they can access info which has been delisted from Google’s European search.

The European Union Court of Justice sided with privacy advocates in May, saying individuals have the ‘right to be forgotten,’ ordering search engines to either edit or erase online search results if they are found to violate a person’s privacy.

Google received 12,000 requests in the first 24 hours the form was online. Often, the tech firm was receiving as many as 20 requests per minute.

(Via Bloomberg)

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