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UK extends “right to be forgotten” extraterritorially

Posted by Sam Frances on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 19:40

The “right to be forgotten” applies to any search engine accessible in the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office has decided.

UK extends “right to be forgotten” extraterritorially

In a blog post earlier this month, ICO said:

In August we issued our first enforcement notice in this area, ordering Google to remove nine search results brought up by entering an individual’s name. Google has so far responded constructively, and the links are no longer visible on the European versions of their search engine. However we consider that they should go a step further, and make the links no longer visible to anyone directly accessing any Google search services from within the UK (this would include someone sat a desk in Newcastle, but using This is a proper and proportionate reflection of what the EU Court of Justice ruling means in practice, and so we’ve clarified the original enforcement notice, with the original text remaining the same but with a new section added spelling out exactly what we expect of Google.

For more information, see:

UK expands right to be forgotten – Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Has the search result ruling stopped the internet working? – ICO Blog

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