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.