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Europe’s Highest Court drops a bomb-shell on Internet Search

Europe’s Highest Court drops a bomb-shell on Internet Search

  In a landmark decision, the exact consequences of which seem hard to fathom at this stage but will go very far, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that internet search engine operators are responsible for the processing that they carry out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties. The case, which involved Google’s ubiquitous search engine, made it clear that search engines are not simply seen as a referencing service to other web content, but they “enable any internet user, when he makes a search on the basis of an individual’s name, to obtain, through the list of results, a structured overview of the information relating to that individual on the internet.” The Court observed that “this information potentially concerns a vast number of aspects of his private life and that, without the search engine, the information could not have been interconnected or[...]

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