The right to be forgotten: What changes after the European Court of Justice judgment against Google


The brief paper examines the recent judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the right to be forgotten issue, highlighting main responsibilities of search engines managers in processing personal data. Google has been held directly responsible for the protection of personal data contained in search results, so that individuals have the right - under certain conditions - to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them. The analysis of the first effects of this judgement shows that the double role of Google both as a judge and as a jury must be reconsidered in order to ensure a new balance between the protection of the individual memory and the rights to information for citizens.


European Court of Justice; Right to be Forgotten; personal data processing and protection; search engines; right to information.

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