Popular Reads: On Google, the EU, and the Right to be Forgotten


The ECJ ruling provides yet another example of the cultural and legal tension between the value placed on unfettered free speech, particularly in the U.S., and the ever-expanding protection of individual privacy in the E.U... - Robert E. Cattanach and Bradley Hammer, Dorsey & Whitney

Much has been written lately on the European Court of Justice's ruling that, under certain circumstances, Google must allow European citizens the "right to be forgotten" online. While much of the public focus at the moment appears to be on what this means for Google, the ruling has implications for other businesses and individuals as well.

For a recap of the ruling and its larger meanings, here's a look at the most popular updates on the story, as read on JD Supra over the past weeks:

  1. European Court of Justice rules right to be forgotten principle applicable to search engines - Alasdair Muller at DLA Piper
  2. UK Gives Search Engines Time to Comply With 'Right to Be Forgotten' - Robert Stankey at Davis Wright Tremaine
  3. The Right To Be Forgotten – A Shot From Across The Pond - Michael Cohen at Gray Plant Mooty
  4. The Right To Be Forgotten – What Does It Really Mean? - Robert E. Cattanach and Bradley Hammer at Dorsey & Whitney
  5. Court of Justice of the European Union Finds Individuals Have a “Right to be Forgotten” Under Data Protection Law - Renzo Marchini and Jonathan Schur at Dechert
  6. My company isn’t a search engine. Why should I care about Google Spain? - Susan Foster at Mintz Levin
  7. European Court of Justice Holds Google Responsible for the Processing of Personal Data from Third-Party Websites - Dr. Martin von Albrecht and Dr. Olaf Fiss at K&L Gates
  8. The "Right to be Forgotten" Landmark Decision: Beyond the Headlines - Alexander Cohen and Gail Crawford at Latham & Watkins
  9. A “Right to be Forgotten” in Canada? - Field Law
  10. Impact of EU Citizens’ “Right to Be Forgotten” on U.S. Companies - Helen Christakos at Carr McClellan Ingersoll Thompson & Horn


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