From Politico Europe:
The future of the internet was put on trial Tuesday when Europe’s highest court was charged with deciding if the region’s tough privacy rules should apply solely within the 28-member bloc or across the entire world wide web.
Over seven hours of hearings, the European Court of Justice heard evidence from Google, France’s data protection agency, as well as from a number of EU countries and freedom of speech advocates in a legal case involving the region’s so-called right to be forgotten.
In a 2014 ruling, the Luxembourg court ruled that anyone with ties to the European Union could request that search engines such as Google and Microsoft’s Bing service remove links about them, under certain circumstances.
Now, the same judges must decide if that privacy decision should be limited to within the EU’s borders, or if search engines are required to remove that information from results anywhere in the world.
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