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The EU's "right to be forgotten" has been in force since 2014 and Google estimates that it has had 3.5 million requests for URLs to be delisted since its introduction. However, exactly when and how companies must implement the rule continues to be a form of contention.


  • Contradictory rulings about freedom of speech and vague guidelines do nothing to clear up the EU's position when it comes to privacy versus free speech, so more court appeals are likely in the future.

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  • Evaluates the ECJ's ruling on the "right to be forgotten" case against Google.
  • Analyses the ECJ's case against Facebook regarding the removal of defamatory material globally.

Key questions answered

  • What is the "right to be forgotten"?
  • What are the consequences of the ECJ's recent rulings?

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  • Summary
  • Landmark ECJ ruling sees "right to be forgotten" as not applicable to search engine results worldwide
  • Google has received nearly 3.5 million requests for URLs to be delisted since 2014
  • Freedom of speech is challenged as the EU rules that offending phrases should be removed globally


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