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There is no universal right to be forgotten, says top EU court advisor

Jennifer Baker | June 26, 2013
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Although the Advocate General's Opinion is not binding on the ECJ, the court ruling usually follows his independent advice.

Bill Echikson, Head of Free Expression, Google EMEA welcomed the Opinion. "This is a good opinion for free expression. We're glad to see it supports our long-held view that requiring search engines to suppress 'legitimate and legal information' would amount to censorship," he said.

The Data Protection Directive is currently undergoing an overhaul and the inclusion of a universal right to be forgotten, as proposed by E.U. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, is proving one of the stumbling blocks. The Opinion from Jääskinen suggests that such a right would indeed be a new development.


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