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Google in quandary over how to uphold EU privacy ruling

31
May
2014

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google and other internet companies find themselves in a quandary over how to strike a balance between privacy and freedom of information as the top world search engine took a first step towards upholding an EU privacy ruling. Google moved overnight to put up an online form that will allow European citizens to request that links to obsolete information be taken down – its first response to the ruling by Europes top court on the right to be forgotten. The ruling on May 13 upheld a 1995 European law on data protection and ordered Google to remove links to a 1998 newspaper article about the repossession of a Spanish mans home. ] That puts Google and other internet companies in the position of having to interpret the courts broad criteria for information that is inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant as well as developing criteria for distinguishing public figures from private individuals.

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