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Mythbuster: The Court of Justice of the EU and the "Right to be Forgotten"


On 13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union acknowledged that under existing European data protection legislation, EU citizens have the right to request internet search engines such as Google, to remove search results directly related to them.

This landmark ruling has sparked a lively and timely debate on the rights and wrongs of the so-called right to be forgotten. It is important to make sure the discussion is based on facts. A sober reading of the judgment shows that the concerns that have emerged in this debate are exaggerated or simply unfounded.

  • Myth 1: “The judgment does nothing for citizens”
  • Myth 2: “The judgment entails the deletion of content”
  • Myth 3: “The judgment contradicts freedom of expression”
  • Myth 4: “The judgment allows for censorship”
  • Myth 5: “The judgment will change the way the internet works”
  • Myth 6: “The judgment renders the data protection reform redundant”

Consult the factsheetpdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  on the "Right to be Forgotten" for more details.