A ruling that restricts the jurisdiction of right-to-be-forgotten cases to Europe raises questions about a hard Brexit, data protection lawyers have said.
The European Court of Justice found that Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally.
The ruling means that the US search engine only needs to remove links from its search results in Europe, not the rest of the world, after receiving an appropriate request.
After the judgment, Jon Baines, data protection adviser at Mishcon de Reya, said that the ruling raised the question of what would happen if Britain left the EU without a deal. “Will UK search engine domains retain links to information removed from EU search engine domains?” he said.
“Or might the UK decide ultimately to give effect to delinking decisions made in the EU? Private individuals, as well as businesses, will want urgent clarification on this from government.”
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