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On Sept. 24, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed Google a significant win when it decided that dereferencing all global search engines to fulfill a right to be forgotten request was a step too far for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. 

The judgment underscores how the EU is moving to balance its citizens’ various fundamental rights and countries’ differing perspectives on those rights when enforcing the GDPR. In essence, the Google ruling signals that the EU doesn’t want to overreach, lawyers said.

“I think this decision emphasizes when it comes to published information there could be geographical considerations because often there might be an issue of balancing different interests and countries have differing views of balancing those interests,” said Dorsey & Whitney partner Ron Moscona. He added, “When the GDPR engages issues of freedom of speech or access to information there might be situations where compliance may not be uniform across the world.”

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Victoria Hudgins

I am a reporter for Legaltech News where I cover national and international cyber regulations and legal tech innovations and developments.

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