The European Court of Justice Clarifies the Territorial Scope of the “Right to be Forgotten”: The European Court of Justice Has Found in Google’s Favor That Search Engine Operators Are Not Required to Carry Out Global De-Referencing

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - October 1, 2019
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The European Court of Justice has clarified the territorial scope of the “right to be forgotten” confirming that the operator of a search engine is not obliged to carry out de-referencing of links following a request from an individual based in the EU on all versions of its search engine. Operators are, however, required to carry out de-referencing on versions of their search engines corresponding to EU Member States, and to put in place measures seriously discouraging internet users located within Member States from gaining access to links de-referenced within the EU which appear on versions of their search engines outside of the EU.