E.U. Court: Google Must Delete If Asked

    BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: A visitor passes the Google logo on September 26, 2012 at the official opening party of the Google offices in Berlin, Germany. Although the American company holds 95% of the German search engine market share and already has offices in Hamburg and Munich, its new offices on the prestigious Unter den Linden avenue are its first in the German capital. The Internet giant has been met with opposition in the country recently by the former president's wife, who has sued it based on search results for her name that she considers derogative.  The European Commission has planned new data privacy regulations in a country where many residents opted in to have their homes pixeled out when the company introduced its Street View technology.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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    On Tuesday, Europe’s top court ruled in favor of privacy-rights advocates, saying that Google can be forced to remove sensitive information from showing up in its searches. The European Union Court of Justice supported those who believe they have a “right to be forgotten” and free of a digital trail. The case came after a Spanish man complained that the auction notice for his repossessed home could be found through Google and that he didn't want that personal information available online. Google says such limits amount to censorship. Now, individuals in Europe can request that the search engine delete sensitive data or report it to relevant authorities. The EU’s justice commissioner said in a Facebook post, “Today’s court judgment is a clear victory for the protection of personal data of Europeans. Companies can no longer hide behind their servers being based in California or anywhere else.”

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