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The “right to be forgotten” may be the law of the land in the EU under the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation. But effectively responding to right to be forgotten requests may be more easily said than done in today’s digital era. 

Last week, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google didn’t need to de-reference all global search engines to fulfill a right to be forgotten request. Instead, the de-reference would apply to EU member-states.

Specifically, the CJEU ruled that search engine operators must implement measures to  “effectively prevent or, at the very least, seriously discourage an internet user conducting a search from one of the member-states on the basis of a data subject’s name from gaining access … to the links which are the subject” of a right to be forgotten request. But popular privacy tools might make it difficult for search engine to truly prevent an EU citizen from accessing blocked content.

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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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