(The Hosting News) – Europe’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that Google must comply with requests from individuals who wish to have links removed about themselves that are outdated or that could potentially cause embarrassment.
The European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that individuals have the “right to be forgotten,” forcing Internet search engines to remove links, even if they are true and lawful, Time reports.
“Today’s court judgement [sic] is a clear victory for the protection of personal data of Europeans,” wrote European Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, via Facebook. “Big data need big rights.”
The recent ruling against Google was brought on by a Spanish man who looked his name up on the search engine and found two pages, published in 1998, that discussed his debts and the foreclosing of his house.
According to a report from the NY Times, Google was required to take down the links by the Spanish Data Protection Agency, though the newspaper did not have to take down the pages.
In March the European Parliament approved a new data protection law that included the “right to be forgotten,” though it has not been finalized by the European government yet.