E.U. Court: Google Must Delete If Asked

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.”