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Google Ordered To Delete Search Results About Users If They Can Prove It As Being False

Tech giant Google has found itself tied to a court case that’s rather interesting.

The company has been ordered by the Court of Justice in Europe to remove all search results of users on the platform if they prove the findings to be false.

The case has been dubbed as a ‘right to be forgotten’ endeavor that’s really making the headlines at this moment.

The lawsuit was recently brought forward against the likes of Google by two managers hailing from the world of investments. They requested the firm to dereference the two of them from different articles on the search engine that went about blasting their firm’s investment model. Similarly, they pointed out how such data published against their names was false.

At that point in time, Google was unwilling to comply with their orders and in fact, began to release statements that actually counter-argued how it was not aware that data in such articles was authentic or not.

It was the Federal Court of Justice in Germany where claimants managed to lodge the case and that court then requested the case to be handled by the European Court of Justice to intervene. This gave the case the title, ‘the right to be forgotten' as it was a matter from the EU’s GDPR.

On that note, the EU’s top justice system looked at the case’s details and decided to rule in the favor of all the claimants involved and that would further result in an expansion of the reach of the GDPR.

The court recently published in a public statement to the press that a user’s right to freedom of expression can’t be taken into consideration where there is false content being put up. Hence such people have every right to claim and request the search engine to remove such data from its search results which link data of this kind to user profiles.

Hence, search operators like Google have been ordered to eliminate such findings if and when it’s proven to be inaccurate.

To further prevent the huge burden of such matters on the user, they have been instructed to provide evidence from any source, not necessarily a case from a court of law.

On the other hand, search engines don’t need to put forward active roles when they’re trying to search for facts that users can’t prove. And in case any search engine operator fails to list to the user’s request, the case can be dealt with in court.


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